The Olympia City Council has approved the rezoning of a 5.2-acre property next to the Cooper Crest neighborhood in west Olympia to allow for a new subdivision.
King County developer BranBar LLC has proposed building as many as 20 homes on the site, which would link up with Cooper Crest Drive and Crestwood Place. Cooper Crest residents opposed the rezoning, citing an increase in traffic on the neighborhood’s narrow streets.
At the recommendation of city hearing examiner Mark Scheibmeir, the council on Tuesday agreed to the developer’s request to modify the zoning to allow residential, low-impact development. Current zoning allows just one residential unit per 5 acres.
The hearing examiner said nearby residents have legitimate concerns about traffic. He recommended that any development of the BranBar property “rely on primary access from an extension of Road 65th NW” instead of the Cooper Crest neighborhood’s “ill-equipped” streets.
A city traffic study showed that a new subdivision could add 100 to 200 daily vehicle trips through Cooper Crest.
“The neighbors’ objections would be resolved, or at least greatly diminished, if access to the BranBar property were not through their neighborhood,” Scheibmeir wrote in his Aug. 4 decision.
Barry Anderson and his son Brandon Anderson of BranBar said their family’s company has no real game plan or timeline for developing the property. The rezoning was the first step to get the parcel ready for BranBar’s first project in Olympia.
“At this time, we have no development plans to submit to the city,” Barry Anderson told The Olympian.