File #: 24-0510    Version: 1
Type: report Status: Filed
File created: 6/7/2024 In control: Planning Commission
Agenda date: 6/17/2024 Final action: 6/17/2024
Title: Olympia 2045 - Natural Environment Chapter of the City of Olympia Comprehensive Plan Update
Attachments: 1. Draft Natural Environment Edits - Tracked Changes June -2024, 2. Draft Natural Environment Chapter - Clean - June 2024
Olympia 2045 - Natural Environment Chapter of the City of Olympia Comprehensive Plan Update

Recommended Action
Briefing only. No action requested.

Discussion on the draft Natural Environment Chapter update of the Olympia Comprehensive Plan.

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 strategies for 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. Note: This chapter review is for pages 1-17 of the current draft. Pages 18-54 reflect the Shoreline Master Program, which will be updated to reflect new stage regulations adopted in 2021. Review of the Shoreline Master Program is optional.

Chapter Update Process
Formal public participation opportunities occurred between April and November of 2023 to develop the first round of chapter edits. This included an online survey, three tabling sessions at community events, and briefings with the Utility Advisory Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. Additional comments were received via email and telephone. Interdepartmental ...

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