Olympia's Community Plan and Development (CP&D) on Thursday, February 2, hosted an open house on the Capital Mall Triangle Subarea Plan, where it asked attendees to share their ideas and inputs for the project.
During the public meeting held at the Capital Mall meeting room near the movie theater across the Stack 571 restaurant,
David Ginther, senior planner and the lead staff for the project said the city-adapted Comprehensive Plan for this project reflects the community's goals:
Ginther added that the city envisions transitioning the subarea to a high-density mixed-use neighborhood and maintaining it as a regional shopping destination.
Ginther presented three alternative development scenarios that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will evaluate for the 300-acre subarea plan.
He added that these alternatives were drafted based on EIS scoping comments and input from the stakeholder workgroup. CP&D received 100 environmental analysis scoping comments and 130 comments outside the scoping period.
The alternatives include:
"The most aggressive one is alternative three, which is all out as much as the city can do to facilitate the vision for this area…it would require much public-private partnership," Ginther commented.
Ginther mentioned that the project has two main components – the EIS and the subarea plan.
Ginther said the EIS will look at potential adverse significant impacts for future development scenarios and will identify mitigation measures for the three alternatives if there is a potentially significant, unavoidable, adverse impact.
Ginther explained that the subarea plan is more of a community-type plan with consideration of goals and policies. If adverse impacts are found in EIS, it includes mitigation strategies.
CP&D requested the audience at the public meeting to help refine the alternatives and the list of ideas they want to see in the development. Through color coding, people were asked to put green dots for ideas they support most and blue dots for ideas they do not support. The participants are provided with sticky notes for suggestions.
"We want your help for refining, and then we will give them to the consultant to analyze the big impacts and mitigation measures needed. Once they do that, we will come back to the public and get your help to select which of these alternatives is your preferred alternative to going forward with to use as the framework for the subarea plan," Ginther announced.
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