Updating the Comprehensive Plan


Comp Plan update pic and quote 

City Plan 2036 - Comprehensive Plan Update

Tumwater last completed a major update to its 20 year plan in 2004.  In response to City policies and the State’s requirements for periodic plan review, the City revisited this plan again and make necessary updates to ensure it reflected the community’s vision for our City.  The City Council established the scope of this Plan on February 17, 2015, focusing on four areas of improvement:

  • Incorporating new public input
  • Updating population and employment forecasts
  • Reflecting changes in state law
  • Consolidating and refining goals and policies

Our Comprehensive Plan meets the requirements of the Washington State Growth Management Act by helping protect our environment, quality of life, and economic development. Our plan is also consistent with Sustainable Thurston and the updated County-wide Planning Policies.

What is the process?

The Plan is made up of nine (9) chapters or “elements” addressing transportation, utilities, housing, parks and more.  The City’s Planning Commission started reviewing elements of the Plan in December 2015 and will continue to do so through the first half of the year. Then, the City Council will review the Planning Commission's recommendation for adopting an updated plan.  City Council adopted the updates to Tumwater’s 20-year plan on December 20th, 2016. 

Planning Commission/City Council Meetings and Open Houses Presentations

How did citizens weigh in on Tumwater’s Plan?

The Plan established goals and community indicators based on public input collected throughout the update process to ensure accountability and effectiveness of the Plan.  An initial community phone survey coupled with our on-line survey and a utility bill insert questionnaire have helped us to get started.

FINAL Comprehensive Plan Elements

To see the existing current documents please refer to the Comprehensive Plan webpage.

Where do I direct my comments?

Community Development Department
Attention: Brad Medrud, Planning Director
555 Israel Road SW Tumwater, WA 98501 

Email:   BMedrud@ci.tumwater.wa.us
Phone:  360-754-4180

Coffee Talks – Coffee with your City Planner

Over the last few months, we conducted additional community outreach and hosted a series of “Coffee Talks” with neighborhood groups, clubs, organizations and others interested in weighing in.  To schedule one of these meetings or get additional information, please contact Planning Manager, Brad Medrud at BMedrud@ci.tumwater.wa.us or 360-754-4180.





Previous Coffee Talks…

  • January 29, 2016 Tumwater School District Board Meeting
  • February 2, 2016 Susitna Home Owners Association
  • February 9, 2016  Black Lake Elementary PTA
  • February 16, 2016 Tumwater Chamber of Commerce 
  • February 29, 2016 Tumwater University (at City Hall)