Planning at the Port of Olympia
OverviewThe Port of Olympia Commission passes a Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements. This is the Port’s primary planning document and is required by state law. All projects contained in the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) must first be contemplated in the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements.
The Port of Olympia’s Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements consists of two documents:
All changes to the Port’s Comprehensive Scheme must undergo environmental review under the Washington State’s SEPA policy. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was conducted on the Port’s Comprehensive Scheme in 1994-95. Since then, addendums have been issued to accommodate what have primarily been minor, administrative change to the plan.
The Port of Olympia prepared an Addendum to FEIS Minor Modifications to Port of Olympia Development Guidelines to addend the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Strategic Plan for the Port of Olympia on April 20, 2017 to address modifications made in the May 22, 2017 Commission Approved Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements.
The Port’s Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements incorporates by reference the Airport Master Plan Update. That plan, in its entirety, can be found here: Airport Master Plan
The Port’s Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements incorporates by reference the Tumwater Town Center Land Use Plan (December, 2004). That plan, in its entirety, can be found here: Land Use Plan
The Port’s Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements references an on-going planning process for the New Market Industrial Campus (NMIC). This planning effort is on-going and has included extensive public input. Information about this planning effort can be found here: New Market Industrial Campus Master Plan
Port of Olympia Strategic Plan
On March 13, 2017 the Port of Olympia Commission unanimously approved Resolution 2017-03 concerning the Port's Strategic Plan.
Destination Waterfront Development
In 2019, the Port Commission accepted the Port Vision 2050 plan. Port Vision 2050 was an 18-month process that sought input on goals for Port activities through 2050 from key stakeholders and the community at large. One of the key community goals that emerged from this effort was to “Turn the Port Peninsula into a premier destination by adding attractions, increasing accessibility, and maintaining a clean and safe environment.” Read more about Destination Waterfront Development.