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. Each year the City Council establishes a deadline for such proposals. Applications submitted by that date (generally in mid-November) will be considered in the following calendar year.

2021 Amendments

Applications for Preliminary Comprehensive Plan Amendments for consideration in 2021 were due by November 20, 2020. On February 9, 2021, at its normal meeting, the Council advanced two proposals to the final docket for additional review. The Council did not advance one of the proposals but instead directed staff to prepare a similar proposal for consideration in 2021 as well.

Proposals that advance to the next stage are considered "final docket" for 2021. In general, the timeline of the remaining steps in the review process will be as follows:

  • Final Comprehensive Plan Amendment applications due: April 16, 2021
  • Staff/Agency Review and comments: April and May
  • Environmental Review (SEPA): May and June
  • Public Review and Comment: April - public hearing
  • Public Hearing: July (tentative)
  • Planning Commission Deliberations: July and August
  • Legal Department Ordinance Prep: August and September
  • City Council/Final Decision: October and November

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Capital Facilities Plan (CFP)

The CFP is a pending 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.

Questions?

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