Martin Way Study

A Joint Effort

Multiple modes of transportation on Martin WayThe City of Olympia and Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) are partnering on a study to support the transformation of the Martin Way District in Olympia.

Final Report Available

The final report for the Martin Way Study will be presented to the City Council on August 4, 2014. View the report here.

Purpose of the Study

The vision for the Martin Way District is to achieve a mixed-use district containing residential, commercial, retail, and office uses. The lack of transportation and public utility infrastructure is assumed to be a barrier to redevelopment in the district. See flyer for more information. The study objectives are to define infrastructure needs, and how public funds can be used to leveral improvements consistent with the corridor vision. The study will also include a market analysis of properties in the district and identify opportunities for development and re-development.

As part of this project, the Thurston County Economic Development Council conducted a survey of businesses within the study area. View the Summary of Responses.

In June 2013, the City of Olympia,Thurston County Housing Authority and TRPC collaboratively developed an 18-question survey and sent it to nearly 3,100 residents who live within or near the district. The intent was to learn more about their corridor perceptions, travel habits, and desired transportation and land-use changes. A total of 542 residents returned the survey, for a response rate of 17 percent. View the survey analysis.   

Martin Way Grant Scope

Study Area

Martin Way District study areaThe Martin Way District stretches about 1.5 miles from Sawyer Street to Lilly Road and includes a 1/4 mile area on either side. This area of Martin Way is characterized by proximity to the regional Providence St. Peter Hospital and other regional medical facilities, a large open space and wetland area, and some of the last undeveloped parcels of land along Martin Way.

The district has frequent transit service, yet does not have a complete sidewalk network. The urban form of the area and density of land uses are relatively un-urban, despite its central location and close proximity to downtown Olympia and I-5.

How to Get Involved

Intersection, Martin Way at Lilly RoadThe study will include many opportunities for members of the public and the business community to share their ideas.

  • A public workshop was held May 12, 2014.
  • The City Council's Land Use and Environment Committee will hear a report on this project on June 5, 2014. 
  • The City's Community Economic Revitalization Committee (CERC) will hear a report on this project on June 12, 2014.
  • The City Council will receive a final report on this project August 4, 2014.

See Legistar for more information on these meetings. 


Cari Hornbein, Senior Planner 360.753.8048,
Sophie Stimson, Senior Planner 360.753.8497,