A goal of the Creating Places, Preserving Spaces, Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region, is that by 2035, 72 percent of all (new and existing) households in our cities, towns, and unincorporated growth areas will be within a half-mile (comparable to a 20-minute walk) of an urban center, corridor, or neighborhood center with access to goods and services to meet some of their daily needs.
To support this vision, higher density residential and commercial land uses - relative to the current condition - are proposed within a quarter mile on either side of the corridor. This is consistent with recommendations made by the Urban Corridors Task Force, which the Thurston Regional Planning Council convened in 2009. Members included policy makers from Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Thurston County, Intercity Transit, North Thurston Public Schools, citizens and business representatives. After three years of study, the Task Force completed a one-page summary, and a full report, presenting their recommendations for overcoming barriers to achieving more compact, transit-supportive land-use patterns along the Urban Corridors.
On November 5, 2012, the Olympia City Council adopted a joint resolution with Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County, agreeing to take a leadership role in pursuing the vision and recommendations of the report. These jurisdictions will work extra hard to create vibrant, attractive mixed use centers with great amenities and convenient walking, biking and transit services.
The Task Force report is consistent with the policy direction of Olympia's Transportation Mobility Strategy. The Bus Corridor concept introduced in this strategy is in keeping with the region's Urban Corridor vision. See Appendix C for information on Bus Corridors.