Olympia's Comprehensive Plan

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What is the Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan describes the community's long-term vision and goals. Olympia first adopted a Comprehensive Plan over fifty years ago. In 2014, the City completed a major update of the Plan.

Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process

Proposals to amend the Comprehensive Plan can be submitted at any time. However, state law only allows the City to amend the Plan once per year. For information about City's procedures and evaluation criteria, please see Chapter 18.59 of the Olympia Municipal Code (OMC)

How to submit an amendment

Applications for a Preliminary Comprehensive Plan Amendment must be made through the City's online permit portal.

2020 Amendments

Applications for Preliminary Comprehensive Plan Amendments for consideration in 2020 are due by November 15, 2019. As always, this will be a two-step process. Preliminary proposals will be 'screened' by the City Council early in 2020. For this step, proposals do not necessarily need to be detailed, but they do need sufficient clarity for preliminary review by the Council.

If the Council approves the preliminary application, the proposal is advance to the final docket for more detailed application and further analysis. Application fees are due in order to continue on the final docket.  Proposals will then be analyzed by City Staff, including environmental review and presented to the Planning Commission for review and public hearing prior to making a recommendation to the City council.  Final decisions regarding Comprehensive Plan Amendments are made by the City Council, generally by the end of the year.  More information about the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process can be found in Chapter 18.59 of the OMC.  

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Capital Facilities Plan (CFP)

The CFP is a 6-year spending plan that outlines the timing, location, projected cost and revenue sources for the major projects and infrastructure improvements identified in the Comprehensive Plan. The CFP is reviewed and updated annually and can be viewed on the Budget/Financial Reports web page.


Contact Joyce Phillips, Senior Planner, at 360.570.3722 or jphillip@ci.olympia.wa.us.