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Subarea Planning

A Framework for New Civic Engagement

Was Held On:

Friday December 6, 2013  -  12:00pm - 4:30pm
Olympia City Council Chambers
LEED-Gold City Hall
601 - 4th Avenue E, Olympia

The Community Planning Symposium is a Wrap!  What a great event.  Thank you to everyone who attended, participated and help make this forum possible.

Regional and City plans put forth a bold vision to guide our region toward a prosperous, healthy future.  Subarea planning takes it to the street — a framework for improved civic engagement  with tools to work through divisive issues and implement great ideas.   Learn from inspiring local examples!

Resources from the Subarea Planning Symposium

Symposium Flyer
Raw Notes: Harvest of Ideas from World Cafe Breakout Sessions
Registration Packet with Background Reading John Owen Presentation
Ryan Andrews Presentation

Tim Smith Presentation

You are invited to join neighbors and community leaders in a lively discussion about the civic infrastructure we need to build a brighter future together.  Program begins at 12:30 pm.  A light and healthy lunch will be served.


John OwenJohn Owen, Partner at MAKERS Architecture & Urban Design

And a panel of local government, development and neighborhood leaders

Click Here to See John's Powerpoint Presentation

Brought to you by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Thurston County Solid Waste, and Thurston Climate Action Team, with Co-Sponsors Thurston Regional Planning Council, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, Olympia Federal Savings, and Homes First. Hosted by the City of Olympia.  Learn more from our co-sponsors

About John:

As partner at MAKERS since 1979, John Owen’s professional experience covers a variety of work, ranging from waterfronts and public improvement projects to site master planning, comprehensive planning, and urban design projects, resulting in more walkable, livable and sustainable communities and protecting existing neighborhoods from the impacts of new development.  John’s work in South Puget Sound includes the Olympia East Downtown Development Plan and Tumwater’s Capitol Boulevard Corridor Plan.  He has served on the Seattle Planning Commission for 6 years and currently is a member of the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning Professionals Council.

Tim Smith, Planning Manager, City of Tumwater

Tim's Powerpoint Presentation, RE: Tumwater Brewery District planning project

Tim has worked for the City of Tumwater since 1996. Tim is the planning manager in the Community Development Department where he is responsible for working with the City Council, Planning Commission and the public to develop and implement the City’s long range planning work program. The Tumwater Brewery District Planning Project,  Capitol Boulevard Corridor Plan and the City’s Shoreline Master Program update represent several large subarea planning projects which have been the focus of department’s work over the last couple of years. Prior to joining Tumwater, Tim held planning positions at Island County (Coupeville, WA) and Chelan County (Wenatchee, WA). Tim is a 1989 graduate of Western Washington University where he studied geography, environmental planning and cartography. Tim and his family live in Olympia. He enjoys running, camping and traveling.

Ryan Andrews, Planner, City of Lacey

Ryan's Powerpoint Presentation RE: Woodland District planning project

Ryan has been an Associate Planner at the City of Lacey for over eight years.  In that time he has worked on a variety of long range planning issues including comprehensive planning, regulation and code development, and subarea planning including project management on the City’s Woodland District Strategic Plan.  Ryan has also worked on the implementation of the City’s vision through managing often complex land use permitting projects and developments.  He brings to his position experience in county and small town planning in western Washington having previously worked for Thurston County and the City of Westport.

Leonard Bauer- AICP Deputy Director, Community Planning and Development, City of Olympia

As Deputy Director of the Community Planning and Development Department at the City of Olympia, Leonard oversees all planning and housing programs for the City. He was previously the Managing Director of Growth Management Services at the Washington State Department of Commerce. Growth Management Services coordinates implementation of Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) and provides financial and technical assistance to the 320 Washington local governments responsible for planning under the GMA.  Prior to entering that position, he was a planner and planning director for various local governments in Oregon and Washington for 14 years.  During that time, he worked for the Lane Council of Governments in Eugene, Oregon, and helped the Cities of Tumwater and Sumner adopt and implement their comprehensive plans and development regulations under the Washington GMA.  Leonard holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon

Julie Hankins- Olympia City Council and a local neighborhood leader

Julie Hankins has been part of the Olympia community for 23 years.  She and her husband David have raised their two sons here. Throughout the years she has been a volunteer in the local schools and various community organizations.  In the 1990’s, she became involved in neighborhoods when she formed her neighborhood association, Indian Creek. While president of the association Julie was privileged to work with other neighborhood leaders and together they formed the Olympia Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (CNA).  A coalition or partnership of the recognized neighborhoods throughout Olympia, she served as the Coalition’s first secretary, before becoming vice chair and eventually the chair of the organization.  In 2012, she sought appointment to fill a vacancy on the Olympia City Council and was selected.  In November 2013, Julie was elected to her first full term on the council on a platform that included neighborhood planning and improving public involvement.  She is a graduate of Seattle University and is currently employed at NOVA Middle School.

Please help us thank our co-sponsoring organizations!  Without them, this unique form of Civic Engagement would not be possible!

Thank You to the visionary Sponsors of this Symposium!


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