Downtown Design Guidelines

Thurston First building in Downtown Olympia

What are design guidelines?

Design guidelines are regulations applied to development projects. They intend for projects to upgrade physical attractiveness; be compatible with neighbors; promote safety, security and livability; be environmentally responsible; and promote health and pedestrian activity.

Olympia's Downtown Design Guidelines

On May 12, 2020 City Council adopted new design guidelines for Downtown Olympia and related code amendments. This action was recommended in the Downtown Strategy to promote a more urban design quality and be compatible with the Downtown Strategy’s character areas.


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