CAPITOL BOULEVARD PLANNING PROJECT
The City of Tumwater, Thurston Regional Planning Council, and a consultant team led by MAKERs Architecture and Urban design are partnering on a study to support the transformation of Capitol Boulevard between Southgate and Israel Road. This study will look to promote redevelopment along the corridor; improve the aesthetic appeal of the street; and improve transportation options and safety for walkers, cyclists, and motorists. The transformation of the corridor was identified as a priority item in the City’s Economic Development Strategy, and as a priority corridor by The Urban Corridors Task Force of the Thurston Regional Planning Council.
Capitol Boulevard is part of the old state highway system that linked Portland and Seattle. Before 1980 the corridor was Tumwater’s center for commerce and shopping, but in the last 30 years there has been little public or private investment. Today, it functions as a major corridor linking Tumwater and downtown Olympia.
The Tumwater City Council and the Tumwater Planning Commission have held public hearings for the purpose of considering the zoning and design guidelines for the Capitol Boulevard corridor from Israel Road to the Trosper Road area. Below are meeting materials from these hearings.
Proposed Development Regulations and Guidelines Presentation [PDF 2.5 MB]
Zoning Guidelines for Capitol Boulevard Community [PDF 300 KB]
Capitol Blvd Planning Project Goals and Objectives [PDF 918 KB]
Design Guidelines for Capitol Boulevard Community [PDF 4.1 MB]
Capitol Boulevard Planning Project 2011 Residential Survey Results [PDF 834 KB]
The major issues identified included:
- The desire for less traffic/congestion
- The desire for more businesses, particularly restaurants
- The need to improve access to businesses for motorists
- The need for safer crosswalks
- The need for facilities that promote safe bike travel
- The desire for improved aesthetics along the street
For more information about the project, please contact:
David Ginther at (360) 754-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Corridor Projects
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This word cloud is a visual representation of the most common words used in the responses to the 2011 residential survey. Bigger words (such as Traffic and Capitol) were mentioned frequently, and smaller words (such as stories and roundabouts) were mentioned less.
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Capitol Boulevard Planning Project
Stay informed about public meetings, opportunities for input, and other news as this project proceeds.
"Open House to Focus on Traffic, Businesses on Tumwater Road" The Olympian. October 19, 2012.
"Tumwater Roads Gets Much-needed Attention" The Olympian. March 01, 2012.
"Capitol Boulevard Contract Ok'd" The Olympian. February 27, 2012
Capitol Boulevard Planning Project Presentation [PDF 8 MB]
John Owen Presentation to Urban Corridor Task Force (UCTF) - Transforming Multi-Modal Urban Corridors, 11-30-2010 [PDF 4.5 MB]
Driving on Capitol Boulevard [Youtube]