Olympia City Council to adopt new comprehensive plan at last meeting of 2014

The Olympia City Council is slated to officially adopt the comprehensive plan and more at its last meeting of 2014, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The comprehensive plan outlines the city’s goals and vision for the next 20 years. The city has been working on updating the plan since 2009 in a process that has included multiple public meetings and revisions.

The plan’s revisions target policy language in areas such as projected population growth, zoning, downtown revitalization, streets and alleys, speed limits, disaster preparedness, park maintenance funding, urban density and sea levels.

The council passed a first reading of the ordinance last week. The final draft of the plan, which weighs in at roughly 300 pages, can be viewed online at imagineolympia.com.

Also slated for approval at Tuesday’s meeting are the 2015 operating budget – which is reported at $124.6 million - and the 2015-2020 Capital Facilities Plan, which is $137.1 million, according to the city. The latter is a list of projects with an outline for costs, financing and construction timelines.

Tuesday’s council agenda will consider the proposed 2015 budget for the Parking and Business Improvement Area. The PBIA is comprised of more than 425 downtown business owners, and all business in the self-taxing district pay an annual assessment. The 2015 budget is $110,000, and the money goes toward projects that promote safety, cleanliness and beautification in downtown Olympia.

Also Tuesday, the council is expected to issue a proclamation honoring Connie Lorenz, who is retiring as executive director of the Olympia Downtown Association after 16 years in the role. In the proclamation, the council honors Lorenz for her service and ability to form partnerships with several downtown organizations.

“Connie’s leadership, presence and participation has contributed to the creation and longstanding success of many downtown programs and events,” according to the proclamation, which thanks Lorenz “for making a positive difference in downtown and the greater Olympia community.”