Combined with the Olympia Regional Airport, the Port of Olympia owns 1,540 acres of real estate in Tumwater. Not since the 1980s has the Port examined the existing conditions, market opportunities, and the long-term development potential of its real estate in Tumwater outside of the airport. The master plan, developed between 2015 and 2018, will assist the Port and the community with siting development opportunities within the 550 acres on the Port-owned New Market Industrial Campus (NMIC) and Tumwater Town Center (TTC) properties.
Completion of the final draft plan was delayed due to revisions to the project’s scope of work. The plan development team fulfilled a stakeholder and public participation process visioning a full-build scenario. After consultation with the City of Tumwater, a final draft plan focusing on a 20-year planning horizon that complements the Tumwater Comprehensive Plan was developed. This final draft is available for review and will form the basis of ongoing and future work programs for the Port.
The Real Estate Master Plan is based on findings from several planning studies including existing conditions, environmental suitability analysis, market analysis, and traffic analysis. Chapter 6 outlines a development plan comprised of four distinct districts within the planning area. These development districts are the blueprints for future growth and development that will strengthen the Port’s efforts to attract investment while ensuring that future development supports the shared vision for NMIC and TTC properties. Click each tab above to view district details.
Development in District One is envisioned to be characterized by pad sites, pedestrian-oriented retail strip centers, and office types, such as build-to-suit and mid-rise buildings. Tenants may include gas stations, personal and professional services, shops, restaurants, grocery stores, educational facilities, state agencies and other mixed-uses as envisioned in the City's Comprehensive Plan and underlying zoning.
District Two is envisioned to be a mix of office or light industrial building types, such as laboratories, build-to-suit and mid-rise offices, and smaller-scale industrial facilities for warehousing or manufacturing. Tenants could include professional services, corporate headquarters, restaurants, and a satellite university campus.
District Three is envisioned to remain industrial, with facilities that support warehousing, manufacturing, and outdoor storage. Potential tenants could include various manufacturers and distributors in addition to the existing recreation businesses. This district also has the potential to support a food hub, a priority identified by community stakeholders.
District Four’s flexible framework is designed to accommodate a range of future development, such as big box retail, industrial/laboratory buildings, and a corporate campus. Potential tenants could include a car dealership, a large national retailer, and a major corporation. This district would continue to house Tumwater School District’s facilities and may be an alternate location for District two athletic fields. Build-out of the district would occur following a master planned concept separate from this Master Real Estate Development Plan.
The next major consideration before the Port of Olympia Commission is to conduct an environmental review of the Real Estate Development Master Plan in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The environmental review of this plan, as a non-project action by the port, is anticipated to precede adoption of the plan by the Commission. Learn more about upcoming Port of Olympia Commission meetings and agendas.
Incorporation into Port Policy
Upon fulfillment of an environmental review, the Port of Olympia Commission will adopt the final plan and incorporate its technical findings and recommendations into existing Port documents, specifically the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements. Learn more about planning at the Port of Olympia.
Real Estate Development Master Plan Design Principles
Community stakeholders, public meeting participants, the plan development team, and Port of Olympia staff were guided by eight design principles that were the overarching goals for the creation of the plan’s contents. The principles also served as criteria for evaluating the plan’s conceptual land use and urban design scenarios with the NMIC and TTC.
Create a front door for Port-owned properties that evokes a unique identity and supports an attractive brand
Facilitate commerce and productivity, as well as the efficient movement of goods and provision of services
Generate quick wins by developing market-driven design concepts and prioritizing ready-to-act investments
Retain tenants and site-based assets that contribute to the vitality of NMIC and TTC
Harness existing activity centers and integrate with TTC to create a unified sense of place
Reinforce a regional network of open spaces to facilitate active lifestyles and multimodal connectivity
Integrate sustainable and environmentally sensitive practices into the fabric of the development plan
Provide adequate buffers between incompatible uses and respect existing residents
For more information about this planning process, contact:
Port of Olympia
Rachael Jamison, Planning, Public Works & Environmental Director email@example.com, (360) 528-8020