On October 5, 2010, the City of Olympia passed Ordinance No. 6718 which changed the zoning for approximately 80 acres west of Ken Lake from Residential Four Units per Acre (R-4) to Residential Low Impact Two to Four Units per Acre (RLI 2-4). On October 22, 2010, City of Olympia Mayor Doug Mah sent a letter requesting Thurston County take the same action for adjacent property, and work with the City to address land use, zoning and drainage issues in the Ken Lake Drainage Basin.
This letter was received by the Thurston County on November 2, 2010. On November 16, 2010, the City Council held a public hearing. Following the hearing, the City Council reaffirmed Ordinance No. 6718 and extended the duration to twelve (12) months.
The affected area is generally bounded by Highway 101 to the north, the Olympia UGA boundary to the west, and the Olympia City limits to the south and east. The only access to this area is from Kaiser Road over Highway 101.
On December 7, 2010, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners approved Ordinance 14443 to establish interim zoning regulations for the residentially zoned area bounded by Highway 101 to the north, the Olympia UGA boundary to the west, and the Olympia City limits to the south and east. The ordinance rezoned the area from Residential Four Units per Acre (R-4) to Residential Low Impact Two to Four Units per Acre (RLI 2-4). Because of the differences between the City of Olympia standards for the RLI 2-4 zoning district and Thurston County’s RLI 2-4 zoning district, interim Ordinance 14443 also adopted the impervious surface standards for the Residential One Unit per Five Acres (R1-5) (Title 23 TCC) designation for the affected area.
The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. Following the public hearing, the Board reaffirmed the interim zoning.
The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on May 22, 2012. Following the public hearing, the Board reaffirmed the interim zoning by approving Ordinance No. 14753, effective June 7, 2012, for six months.
To see a map of the affected area please see below.
Comprehensive Plan Docket
On January 4, 2010, the Board of County Commissioners amended the 2010-2011 Official Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments to add an item addressing the Ken Lake area. The City of Olympia already added the item to its docket in late 2010. To see other amendments already on the 2010-2011 docket, please click here.
County staff is working with City of Olympia staff to develop a more detailed work plan to study the area for potential changes to the comprehensive plan land use plan map, development code, and other standards. Once the work plan is completed, it will be placed on this website. Please check back for updates.
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