Category Archives: Land Use Committee

Downtown Olympia’s Urban Living Options

I’m always curious about the amenities some of these older apartment buildings downtown offer. Craigslist has one right now. (I’m not affiliated with this apartment building or its owner in any way.) $920 a month for a 2 bedroom, while … Continue reading

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Downtown Olympia Mixed Use at Quince and Fourth Ave

A presubmission conference request has been filed for the location of the now closed Subway on Fourth and Quince (across from Gravity Beer Market). The plan is to renovate the Subway shell, turn it into a drive through, add two … Continue reading

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Olympia Hilton Garden Inn

On page 6, 7 and 8 of this Presubmission Conference submittal, you can view plans for Olympia’s Hilton. It’s not near downtown, not in a walkable community–or any community at all for that matter–and would fit in just as well … Continue reading

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Additional Thoughts on Olympia’s Community Renewal Projects

On April 19, 2012, the Land Use Committee of the Olympia City Council will consider whether to take the next step on the Community Renewal Area. This decision is not without theoretic and actual controversy. In fact, there is a … Continue reading

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Is Collaborative Planning Possible?

I wrote earlier about general problems of writing about planning and land use and about the basis of those problems which I believe arise from the widely divergent views people have about their communities. Now we can now explore conclusions … Continue reading

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The Land Use Committee and Community Renewal Area

Our first illustration of the squishy division of authority among the Olympia City Council’s Committees is front and center this week. The Land Use Committee is considering whether to move forward on a Community Renewal Area (also known as Urban … Continue reading

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Olympia City Council Committees: General Government and Land Use

As promised we’re going to shift some attention away from the machinations of the Olympia Planning Commission OPC and broaden our vision to include other aspects of the City government. I’d like to focus on the General Government and Land Use … Continue reading

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