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Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) discussion of the housing needs assessment and proposed allocation methodology, TRPC member Hilary Seidel urged the staff Friday, January 2, to consider … more
A proposed affordable housing development by the South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity at 2502 8th Avenue SE in Olympia would face significant unexpected costs as city staff outlined extensive off-site … more
by Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard Mobile home parks are coming up for sale and there are signs that a new law giving residents a chance to buy them is working. Since mid-July, … more
Today I was privileged to interview seven unsheltered individuals who live in Olympia. It was part of the annual, federally mandated PIT Count – Point in Time census – organized here by … more
The Olympia Land Use and Environment Committee met on Thursday, January 25, to discuss the potential update to the city's rental housing policies. Housing Program Specialist Christa Lenssen gave … more
If there is a "housing crisis" then we need more rentals.   For there to be more rentals, there must be more investors willing to tie up and risk their money.  For that to happen, the … more
The Olympia City Council explored various housing solutions and strategies to increase access to affordable homeownership. At a meeting on Tuesday, January 23, Paul Knox and Sam Green of … more
Three community organizations will receive a total of $640,000 funding in Treatment Sales Tax (TST) funds over two years to provide services in Thurston County. The grants for the three … more
At 3 a.m. on November 21, 2005, two Olympia police officers knocked on Dee Hampton’s front door.  They had come to give her news that no parent ever wants to receive: Her daughter, Sara, … more
Last Tuesday morning found Perry Onorio standing in front of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission at 5:15 a.m.,  braving the wind and rain, as he served several gallons of coffee to about 30 … more
Tumwater Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir approved the binding site plan of Yorkshire Apartments, a 21.7-acre apartment complex to be built between Tumwater Boulevard and Israel Road. Scheibmeir … more
Olympia's Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir has recommended approving an amendment to the Evergreen Park Planned Unit Development (PUD) that would enable mixed-use commercial and multifamily … more
“I wanna climb into a microwave and turn it on high,” said Chris early last Saturday morning, as he stood shivering in front of SK Market on Washington Street NE in Downtown … more
Tumwater City Council reviewed four amendments to its development code during a work session on Tuesday, January 9. The proposed changes are part of the city’s annual housekeeping amendments, … more
The slapping sounds and garbled words caught my attention.   As I approached the 7 th Avenue Tunnel, the sounds became sharper and the words clearer.  “Don’t die on … more
In 2023, community votes and input played a vital role in shaping the direction of decisionmaking in Olympia. During the April election, Olympia and Tumwater rejected the proposed creation of a … more
In addition to enduring and divisive concerns about housing, development, and homelessness, 2023 saw some less-fractious strides in Olympia’s efforts to promote climate readiness and green … more
Thurston County adopted plans for several large-scale p rojects this year : the Regional Trail Plan,   Racial Equity Action Plan, 2023 Comprehensive Plan Amendments, and Shoreline Master … more
The Thurston Regional Planning Council's Urban Growth Management Subcommittee considered three proposals to expand the urban growth area in Grand Mound. At the Wednesday, December 20 meeting, … more
The Holiday Season is usually a time of joy and cheer – but not for Olympia’s homeless. more
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