Mount Rainier

Sweeping Zoning Reforms Adopted in Olympia

The Olympia, Washington City Council adopted a new Housing Options Code Amendments ordinance, effectively eliminating single-family zoning in the city.

December 13, 2020 - The Olympian

Bus Lane

A New Approach to Bus Priority in Olympia, Washington

Buses on State Avenue in Olympia, Washington will get their own lane a chance to jump to the head of traffic.

November 15, 2019 - The Urbanist

Washington State Capital

Zoning Changes for the 'Missing Middle' Take a Step Forward in Olympia

Olympia, Washington joins the ranks of cities making new incentives for the creation of missing middle housing.

July 15, 2018 - The Olympian

Puget Sound

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Oil Terminal in Grays Harbor

The Quinault Indian Nation won a decision against the Contanda Company, which had planned to use the terminal to ship oil from Washington's Pacific cost.

January 18, 2017 - The Seattle Times

Washington State Developing Best Practices to Address Sea-Level Rise

Acknowledging that rising sea levels are a major concern for waterfront cities in Washington, the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) non-profit put together a review of the current policy and planning efforts to meet the challenge.

May 2, 2014 - MRSC Insight

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