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Sustainable Urban Corridors

Sustainable, livable, walkable community, housing, jobs, transportation, nearby services, neighborhoods, economic development, placemaking, density, urban corridor, design, compact. Thurston County, Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia, Climate Action, LEED Platinum, Thurston Regional Planning Council

with Thera Black,

Senior Planner

Thurston Regional

Planning Council


And a panel of private developers, neighborhood leaders, and economic development professionals:

· Mark Lahaie, Partner with MJR Development, 6th Ave Project developer

· Rick Walk, Director of Community Development, Lacey

· Jennifer Kenny, Neighborhoods Program Manager, Olympia

· Jason Robertson, Tumwater Brewery District planner

· Michael Matthias, Brewery Redevelopment Project Manager

For more information about our speakers click here.


Friday March 15, 2013, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

1500 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia WA
Washington Dept. of Enterprise Services HQ - Built to LEED Platinum Standard
Call with questions (360) 789-9669


Hear about the bold vision for livable, walkable urban corridors recommended for Tumwater, Lacey and Olympia, including Tumwater Brewery & Woodland Loop redevelopment, transforming strip malls to hip malls, and gentle densification for more housing choices.

Be part of a strategic conversation with private developers,  neighbors and agencies to help investments in mixed use sustainable communities pencil out for the common good.  Join a Café-style discussion with local leaders.  Program begins at 9am.  Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.


Our Symposium Sponsors will be on-hand to describe the bold corridor strategies for Lacey, Tumwater and Olympia:

The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) is the council of governments for the Thurston County region. TRPC focuses on collaborative planning and decision-making while fulfilling state and federal requirements. Agency products and resources support a wide variety of decision-making processes across the region, including the Urban Corridor Communities (UCC) initiative, a corner stone of the Thurston Region’s long-range vision for sustainability. The following highlighted projects illuminate how TRPC is championing the UCC initiative to create lively and inviting neighborhoods where people want to live, work, shop, and play.

City of Tumwater - Capitol Boulevard and Brewery District Planning Projects and Former Olympia Brewery

The City of Tumwater and Thurston Regional Planning Council are partnering on two District Planning Projects and the redevelopment of the Former Olympia Brewery.

The Capitol Blvd corridor used to be Tumwater’s center for commerce and shopping, yet today the corridors primary function is simply to link Tumwater and downtown. With local feedback from a 2011 residential survey and continued local involvement, the Capitol Blvd Planning Project seeks to promote redevelopment along the corridor to improve the aesthetic appeal of the streets, safety of the corridor, business access, and traffic and transportation options for walkers, cyclists, and motorists.

The Brewery District, an historic settlement once home to the iconic Olympia Brewery and other commercial interests, was displaced with the construction of the Interstate-5. The Brewery District Planning Project will identify opportunities to revitalize a walkable commercial & residential area in this historic Tumwater neighborhood in an effort to transform the Brewery District into a lively community district once more.

The former Olympia Brewery, a historic and iconic site representing the heart of old Tumwater now sits idle since it closed in 2003. Redevelopment efforts for the Former Olympia Brewery look to revive this landmark property. Visioning is still in progress but there is a strong community desire to create a mixed use space that might include residential, retail, offices, shops, and public market components.

City of Lacey - Woodland District Planning Project

The City of Lacey and the Thurston Regional Planning Council are partnering to support the transformation of the Woodland district into a vibrant mixed use district. The Woodland District Planning Project seeks to use the recent departure of State Offices from the area as an opportunity to redevelop into a more vibrant mixture of residential, offices, services, and parks with stronger pedestrian corridors to connect these key amenities within the district.

City of Olympia - Martin Way District Planning Project and Neighborhood Programs

The City of Olympia and Thurston Regional Planning Council are partnering to support the transformation of the Martin Way District, a relatively un-urban area despite its close proximity to downtown Olympia and frequent transit services. The Martin Way District Planning Project intends to improve access to jobs, services, and recreation for existing residents, as well as attract new residents and businesses through key investments in sidewalks, street frontage, and stormwater systems within the district.

The City of Olympia’s Neighborhood Program aims to enhance community identity, provide resources through city programs and services, and encourage collaboration in building our community. These programs support people in finding creative ways to improve their neighborhoods.


Speaker Bio's:

Thera Black - Thurston Regional Planning Council, Senior Planner

Thera is a senior planner with Thurston Regional Planning Council. Her primary focus is on the integration of transportation and land use decision-making processes to achieve a community form necessary to support a true urban transportation system. This includes many factors related to the transformation of select districts in the region’s premier transit corridors into vibrant transit-oriented neighborhoods offering the option of car-lite lifestyles. Thera also chairs the Metropolitan Policy, Planning and Processes committee of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board and participates in several different study panels at the local and national levels.

Mark Lahaie - Partner with MJR Development

Mark joined MJR Development in 2005 and brings over 25 years of real estate experience. After beginning his career in bank-owned real estate, from 1991 through 2004, Mark worked for the State of Washington, Department of General Administration's, Real Estate Services. He held various positions within the Department, including the Manager of Real Estate Services which delivers leasing and acquisition/disposal services to all state agencies, boards, commissions, and educational institutions.

Mark Lahaie


Rick Walk - Director of Community Development, Lacey

Rick provides overall direction and program development for the City of Lacey Community Development Department, which is responsible for economic development, long range planning, land use permitting and building and fire code implementation.  He works closely with regional partners, private developers and property owners to partner in the implementation of the City’s community vision.  He brings to his position experience in city and rural county planning and has been responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, sub-area plans, urban center master plans, zoning and design codes, and environmental plans and ordinances.

Rick Walk

Jennifer Kenny - Neighborhoods Program Manager, Olympia

Jennifer Kenny has been an Associate Planner with the City of Olympia for six years. Through her management of the neighborhoods program she collaborates with residents to create safe, attractive and vibrant neighborhoods that contribute to a stronger community.

Jennifer Kenny


Jason Robertson - Tumwater Brewery District Planner

Jason Robertson is Principal of J Robertson and Company, a community visioning and economic development practice based in Olympia.  He is currently serving on a multi-disciplinary consultant team working with the City of Tumwater, Thurton Regional Planning Council and varied community interests to identify a preferred redevelopment framework for the Tumwater Brewery District. Jason has had the opportunity to work with over 100 clients throughout the western US since the mid-1990s.  His community planning projects have been honored by the International Association for Public Participation, League of Oregon Cities, Puget Sound Regional Council, US Forest Service, City and County Communication Manager’s Association and Washington Smart Communities Program.

Jason Robertson


Michael Mathias - Brewery Redevelopment Project Manager

As the Brewery Redevelopment Project Manager, Michael works in close collaboration with regional partners, private developers, elected officials and the public and City of Tumwater staff to implement the Brewery Action Plan adopted by the Tumwater City Council. He brings to his position a strong background of successful public and private project management experience and was most recently responsible for managing the City of Sammamish Town Center project.

Michael Matthias


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