The city of Olympia is now updating its 20-year comprehensive plan. This is the first major update of the plan since it was adopted in 1994.
The Olympia Planning Commission is holding a series of meetings on key issue areas. Meetings to date have addressed downtown and high density corridor issues. From January through March, we will hold meetings on neighborhoods and environmental stewardship. These meetings offer Olympians the opportunity to help shape the city’s future.
Olympia is a great city, but we are faced with challenges. The Thurston Regional Planning Council estimates that Olympia’s population will grow by about 25,000 over the next 20 years, adding about 13,000 new residences. We need to determine as a community where these new residences will be located. Will they be downtown, in neighborhoods or along our main arterials? How do we preserve and improve our quality of life as the community grows? How can we increase jobs, improve transportation, and respond to sea level rise and climate change? How do we make downtown safer and more vibrant, while maintaining its historic character?
We need the help of the community to create an Olympia we can all be proud of in the decades to come. Please join us as we address these issues.
The next focus meeting will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W. It will deal with neighborhood issues.
For more information, go to imagineolympia.com.