File #: 24-0107    Version: 1
Type: discussion Status: Filed
File created: 1/22/2024 In control: Utility Advisory Committee
Agenda date: 2/1/2024 Final action: 2/1/2024
Title: Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update - Natural Environment Chapter
Attachments: 1. Draft Natural Environment Edits - Tracked Changes 1.22.24, 2. Draft Natural Environment Edits - Clean Version 1.18.24, 3. Community Engagement Summary 1.10.24
Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update - Natural Environment Chapter

Recommended Action
Discuss updated language and recommend moving the Draft Natural Environment Chapter Periodic Update to the Planning Commission for a briefing and subsequent public hearing.

Whether to accept or revise the current draft of the Natural Environment Chapter Periodic Update, developed according to input provided by City staff and the public, before bringing the Chapter to the Planning Commission for a briefing and subsequent public hearing.

Staff Contact:
Kym Foley, Environmental Habitat Planner, Public Works Water Resources, 360. 570.3957

Kym Foley

Background and Analysis:

Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update - General
Olympia is updating its Comprehensive Plan. This update will look out to year 2045 to show, among other things, how the City will accommodate new population and employment growth. It is also an opportunity to make sure the Plan and Development Regulations meet current state requirements that may have changed since the last major update of the Plan. Under the Growth Management Act, Olympia is required to update its Comprehensive Plan every 10 years.

Natural Environment Chapter
The Natural Environment chapter addresses the many benefits of a thriving natural environment and the ways we can work together to keep it healthy. From community-based habitat stewardship opportunities to regulations protecting critical areas and wildlife from the impacts of development, the goals and policies outlined in this chapter aim to promote both human well-being and environmental health.

Summary of Key Proposed Updates

* Mission/Vision/Values: Shift focus from 'natural beauty' to environmental health, sustainability and community well-being. Add language acknowledging the cultural importance of the natural environment.
* Urban Forestry: Recommend development of an Urban Forest Management Plan to guide goals, policies and actions for a health...

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