Olympia council to review amendments to comprehensive plan

The Olympia City Council will review a set of six proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan at its next public meeting 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 completed a major update of the plan in December after nearly five years of work.

The proposed amendments include revisions to the city’s waste management plan and to building heights near the Bigelow Historic Neighborhood.

One amendment calls for reclassifying Ninth Avenue Southeast (east of Boulevard Road) from a local access street to a neighborhood collector street. The proposal would include new streets associated with U.S. 101 access improvements.

Another amendment requests that 4 acres along Capital Mall Drive west of Cooper Point Road be rezoned for professional office. The area is near a new apartment development called Cooper Trails. Another amendment, which had originally sought to rezone about 10 acres north of the Olympia Automall, will address alternative access issues for that area.

Before Tuesday’s business meeting, the council will meet for a special study session at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda includes a briefing by parks staff on the results of a citizen survey. About 4,000 randomly selected residents received an invitation to the online survey last month. The survey includes topics such as preferences for park amenities, wildlife protection and land acquisition.