Imagine Olympia

Viewing the Plan

View the latest Draft of the Comprehensive Plan for public comment. 

Need Help? Use this guide to tips on getting the most out of the online version.


Updating Olympia's Comp Plan

Olympia is in the final stages of updating its Comprehensive (Comp) Plan. The Comp Plan expresses the community's vision and goals and sets policy direction for the next 20 years.

Between 2009 and 2013, over one thousand community members took part in "Imagine Olympia", sharing their thoughts about how to best shape our community and address collective challenges and opportunities.


What's Happening Now?

  • The City Council's Public Hearing Draft posted online July 1, 2014.
  • Informational Open Houses were held Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
  • The City Council held public hearing July 22, 7:00 p.m. at Olympia City Hall.
  • View public comments received by the Council
  • Watch the July 22nd public hearing
  • Following the hearing, the Council referred 'energy' issues to its Land Use and Environment Committee and 'economy' issues to its Community Economic Revitalization Committee.
  • The full Council is scheduled to continue its discussion of the Comprehensive Plan on September 16, October 7, and October 21. 

  • Request a presentation about the update to your organization or neighborhood by emailing imagineolympia@ci.olympia.wa.us
  • Call Imagine Olympia staff at 360.753.8314


How Can I Comment?

*To ensure consideration, comments must have been received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5.


Key Issues - What's Been Updated?

The draft updates include new demographic and background information, incorporation of master plans and other related planning efforts, and new goals and policies that reflect the desires of the community.

To increase public access to the Plan, text was edited to eliminate redundancy and for readability. It was also converted to a web-based format that allows for simple and intuitive viewing, searching, cross-referencing, sharing and printing of City Plans and other documents.

This document provides a method to track where the goals and policies in the existing Comprehensive Plan (also called the "1994 Comprehensive Plan") may be found in the Planning Commission Hearing Draft.

When goals or policies have been significantly revised, removed or replaced, brief notes explain the reason for the change. The notes provided are not intended to be an in-depth description. For additional information about a particular goal or policy, please contact Associate Planner Stacey Ray at 360.753.8046.

Currently Adopted Comprehensive Plan Chapters Compared to OPC Draft:


How We Got Here - The Process


During 2009-2010, the City asked community members to imagine the City over the next 20 years. We wondered, what are your hopes and dreams for Olympia? What are your priorities? What would a perfect day in the Olympia of the future be like?

This year-long conversation took place through meetings both small and large, online comments, mailed-in forms, a phone survey, as well as numerous personal interviews.

After reviewing the hundreds of comments collected during Phase 1, the Olympia Planning Commission hosted eight focus meetings to learn specific concerns and preferences of the community and to share the City's constraints and challenges around these issues. The focus areas were downtown, urban corridors, neighborhood planning and environmental stewardship.

April Draft (2012)

City staff released the first draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update in April 2012. Recommended changes were based on the scope of the update and public input.

July Draft (2012)

After reviewing and making revisions based on the draft released in April, the City released a July 2012 draft, upon which the Olympia Planning Commission would base their recommendations for City Council. The Commission held seven public hearings between July and October 2012.

Planning Commission Recommendations

Following several months of reviewing the draft plan and accepting public comments, the Olympia Planning Commission submitted a recommendation to the City Council on March 18, 2013. Later in 2013, the Commission revised some of these recommendations, referred to as the 'Urban Neighborhoods' package, and forwarded their final recommendations to Council on December 16, 2013.

The City Council held 12 work sessions between February and May 2014 to discuss 19 policy issues presented in the Planning Commission Draft. The outcome was direction to staff on what should be presented in the City Council Public Hearing Draft released online July 1, 2014.


What's Next?

After the City Council adopts an updated Comprehensive Plan document, there are other steps required by the State's Growth Management Act to be completed between 2014 and 2016. This includes updating development regulations for consistency with new policies, and review of the 20-year Capital Facilities Plan goals and policies. The Comprehensive Plan may be amended annually and a major update is required every eight years.