Population Density Presentation: Olympia

The Olympia Planning Commission invites the public to attend a special presentation of “Visualizing Density” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 9 at Olympia City Hall.

Olympia’s population is growing, and is expected to continue to grow by about 2% each year over the next 20 years. The City’s long-range Comprehensive Plan attempts to focus growth in ways that maintain and enhance our quality of life. Increasing residential and job density in some areas throughout the city can provide an opportunity to create vibrant, commercial areas within walking distance of neighborhoods, and help to support our urban transportation system. At the same time, “density” can be a scary concept, raising questions about the impact to existing neighborhood character.

This visual presentation will explore what various land use densities may look like, and how design and other factors can influence the ‘look and feel’ of our community. A panel discussion will follow, with representatives from the planning and development sectors along with citizen representatives from the Planning Commission. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be video-taped for replay on public television this fall.

This event is the first in a series of special Planning Commission briefings intended to provide background for the community about important long-range planning matters.

Save the date for these future panel presentations:

• October 7 – Trends in Small Housing and Accessory Dwelling Units
• December 2 – Preserving and Enhancing Urban Green Space

August 27, 2013/ Press Release City of Olympia