Olympia City Council to meet online again Tue., Aug. 10

Staff plans for the council to discuss Capitol Lake/Deschutes Estuary options; regulating short-term rentals


Following their previous decision to hold in-person meetings, the Olympia City Council announced that they are returning to remote sessions for their upcoming regular city council meeting tomorrow, Tue., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.

For the agenda items, the council intends to present a draft letter that expresses their support of the Estuary Alternative for the controversial Capitol Lake - Deschutes Estuary. The letter was in response to a study made by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) which provided three alternatives for the future of Capitol Lake.

Based on their response, the city council wanted the Estuary Alternative which suggests the removal of the 5th Avenue dam to give way for a 500-wide opening.

Other options include the Hybrid Alternative which considers the construction of a 2,600 ft. wall while another option, the Managed Lake Alternative suggests maintaining the 5th Avenue Dam.

Regulating short-term rentals

Other agenda items also include the approval of the resolution which will regulate short-term rentals, such as AirBnB and VRBO. The resolution will include new guidelines for rental properties such as utilities, property designs, and site review.

How you can participate

The meeting will be held using Zoom from 7:00 p.m. To pre-register, click here.


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