1. Increasing housing in urban centers and corridors
Outlook: Stormy, concerns for the future
There has been little new residential development activity in the region’s north county urban centers and key transit corridors in the last 15 years, leading to a decreasing share of the area’s population living in these areas.
Vibrant centers and corridors depend on a mix of people, jobs, and activities. Allowing and encouraging an increasing share of new homes to locate in areas that already have a high concentration of jobs, shopping, infrastructure and transportation options (such as transit) will help achieve the region’s goal of supporting and creating vital urban areas.
Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater are making renewed efforts to encourage residential development in their existing city centers and in activity centers along major transit corridors. The three cities, along with Thurston County, Intercity Transit, the Economic Development Council, housing specialists, and Thurston Regional Planning Council, have been working together to identify and implement strategies to encourage infill and redevelopment in these areas.
Some of the steps that have occurred in recent years include: