Why are our local cities petitioning for more water rights? To aid and abet an ever-increasing population drain on their limited resources?
Why are no planning efforts being spent on limiting the root cause of shrinking water supplies, increasing pollution loads, increasing numbers of vehicles on our roads, more and more kids crowding the classrooms, and so on? That would be the increasing population that builders and the chambers of commerce and other interests find it not in their monetary interest to limit.
The advantages of a steady population, limited to what we are accommodating now, never seems to be brought up in planning discussions.
It apparently is too difficult to plan for such a thing, or perhaps not as interesting as planning for the next population-caused problem, and the enticement that more funding (“by others”) brings to the table.
If planners do not or cannot think of ways to control and encourage the limiting of Thurston County population, expect life to get meaner, more crowded, higher taxed, and increasingly devoid of open spaces, trees, and the natural beauty used to entice the accelerating flow of new residents.