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

Paving Delays in Tumwater – Sapp Rd Area

Travelers should expect significant delays through the construction zone of the Sapp/Rural/Linwood Water System Improvements Project, where crews will complete paving activities this week. Paving operations begin Tuesday, August 27 and are expected to be complete by Friday, August 30, if the weather conditions remain favorable.

Local traffic will have access through the construction area, but significant delays are expected. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Paving operations will move from the Rural Road SW and Linwood Avenue SW portion of the project, north toward Sapp Road SW to the end of the water main replacement.

For more information about the project, please visit the City of Tumwater's website. Sign up for the City of Tumwater's "Construction Alerts & Updates" email list on the website to receive construction notices directly from the City.

Please contact the City of Tumwater Public Works Department at (360) 754-4140 with specific questions or concerns.

August 27, 2013/Press Release City of Tumwater, Public Works Department

TRL Board Meeting Aug 28

The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 1:00 pm at the Mountain View Timberland Library located at 210 Silverbrook Road, Randle, WA 98377. The meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.

Tahuya River Road Culvert Replacement Extended

The Tahuya River Road closure will be extended through 9/12/13. The culvert replacement project has been delayed due to material procurement, but is making great strides toward completion. The new 70' long by 14' wide aluminum culvert will enable fish passage on a tributary of the Tahuya River and remove a chronic environmental deficiency of the roadway and nearby homestead.


Previous Press Release:
County Forces Project: County Road Project 1856, Tahuya River Road Culvert Replacement Project.

The Mason County Board of Commissioners and Public Works Department would like to inform the public that the culvert replacement project on Tahuya River Road, County Road Project 1856 will be constructed by the use of County Forces.

The project, along with a road closure, will start at 8:00am Monday, August 12, 2013 at milepost 1.23 and is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 4:30pm. The project requires the removal of an undersized culvert to be replaced with a fish passable aluminum pipe arch. The County Engineer estimates the project to cost approximately $135,000.

A portion of the funding for this project will be from Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) in the approximate amount of $81,000. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Public Works at (360) 427-9670, Ext. 450. BOARD OF MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

August 27, 2013/ Press Release Mason County Department of Public Works