Special Presentation – “Small Infill Housing”

The Olympia Planning Commission invites the public to attend a special presentation about “Small Infill Housing” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at Olympia City Hall.

As Olympia’s population grows, infill development will be key to creating a less consumptive, more compact and walkable city. Infill development is the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing, built-out neighborhoods. Olympia’s vision for the future, as expressed by the community and captured in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, includes the following goals: provide mixed and affordable housing types, create a less auto-dependent urban form, maximize public investments, and support vibrant, well-functioning neighborhoods. Infill housing can move us closer to achieving these goals. At the same time, it is important for infill to fit within the existing neighborhood context.

This visual presentation will focus on three infill housing types: accessory dwelling units, duplexes and townhomes. Why might we want these housing types? What are the barriers and opportunities to a successful infill housing program? How can infill standards protect and enhance existing neighborhood character? A panel discussion will follow, with representatives from the building and financial 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 and the City’s website.

This event is the second in a series of special Planning Commission briefings intended to provide background for the community about important long-range planning matters. The first event, “Visualizing Density” can be viewed at http://olympia.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1022. Also, save the date for Preserving and Enhancing Urban Green Space on December 9.

September 26, 2013/ City of Olympia News Release