Housing Code Amendments

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3 photos. ADU, duplex and triplex in Olympia

What's happening?

The City plans for where and how Olympia will grow and what is needed to serve that growth (parks, open spaces, infrastructure, streets, public services, etc.) under the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). The GMA was amended in 2019 to encourage cities to take steps to increase residential building capacity in urban growth areas. The updated GMA (RCW 36.70A.600 ) provides a list of twelve options to do so.

After reviewing the options, the City Council identified three options that appear to be appropriate for the Olympia. The Council directed the Planning Commission to draft an ordinance to implement two or three of the following options:

  • Allow duplexes on corner lots
  • Allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in association with a single-family residence (SFR), with a few specific provisions
  • Allow a duplex, triplex, or courtyard apartment on each parcel in one or more zoning districts that permit single-family residences unless a city documents a specific infrastructure of physical constraint that would make this requirement unfeasible for a particular parcel.

Learn more about each of the three options in the Document Library to the right.

Public meetings

Public meetings were postponed during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. In the meantime, feel free to review the presentations below. Each presentation is approximately 15 minutes. You may provide any comments to housingoptions@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Tell us what you think

This work is specific to code amendments necessary to implement two or three of the options identified above. As such, the scope of work is narrow and specific.

You can comment on each of the specific areas under the "Comments" tab below.

What's happening?

The City plans for where and how Olympia will grow and what is needed to serve that growth (parks, open spaces, infrastructure, streets, public services, etc.) under the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). The GMA was amended in 2019 to encourage cities to take steps to increase residential building capacity in urban growth areas. The updated GMA (RCW 36.70A.600 ) provides a list of twelve options to do so.

After reviewing the options, the City Council identified three options that appear to be appropriate for the Olympia. The Council directed the Planning Commission to draft an ordinance to implement two or three of the following options:

  • Allow duplexes on corner lots
  • Allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in association with a single-family residence (SFR), with a few specific provisions
  • Allow a duplex, triplex, or courtyard apartment on each parcel in one or more zoning districts that permit single-family residences unless a city documents a specific infrastructure of physical constraint that would make this requirement unfeasible for a particular parcel.

Learn more about each of the three options in the Document Library to the right.

Public meetings

Public meetings were postponed during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. In the meantime, feel free to review the presentations below. Each presentation is approximately 15 minutes. You may provide any comments to housingoptions@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Tell us what you think

This work is specific to code amendments necessary to implement two or three of the options identified above. As such, the scope of work is narrow and specific.

You can comment on each of the specific areas under the "Comments" tab below.