Missing Middle: What's in it for Olympia?
11/5/18 The City passed the Missing Middle ordinance. All shaded (and numbered or lettered) areas on this map would allow triplexes, fourplexes, 12 unit-or larger townhouse buildings and 12-unit courtyard apartments. To see the City's official "Summary of City Council Final Draft Code Changes", go here.
City Council member Clark Gilman sums up the MM process at the 9/11/18 council meeting
http://olympia.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1917 (use the slider at the bottom of the video frame to start at time 3:46:40 and listen to the following 3 minutes)
Olympians for Smart Development & Livable Neighborhoods appealed the MM decision at the Thurston Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) and won in July 2019. The City has appealed this decision (to the GMHB) 7 times and lost. It may now appeal to superior court. To see the latest OSD&LN newsletter on this process, go here.
To Donate to the OSD&LN legal fund, go here.
What kind of older Olympia Residential Neighborhoods do you want?
Print a "No Missing Middle" sign to put in your car window or carry to a Council Meeting: download and then print a jpeg version here in the "landscape" orientation (long dimension horizontal), or a pdf version here.
•Make a flier (or use the one provided on this website), copy it and give copies to your neighbors.
What is Missing Middle (MM)?
A decision will soon be made whether to bring Missing Middle to your neighborhood . To date, the largest attempted change in zoning to occur in Olympia, the Missing Middle proposes dense multifamily units in single-family neighborhoods.
• Large housing such as triplexes, fourplexes, and 12-unit apartments will be squeezed in next to single family homes
• Units can go to three-stories and tower over homes. Multiplexes and townhouses will be allowed on skinny lots.
• Accessory dwelling units can be two-story units that require no parking and no owner onsite.
• No research has been done by the City to predict parking problems, traffic congestion, overcrowding of schools, loss of greenspace and wildlife habitat, and increased danger of storm water flooding.
This proposal is being pushed as making housing more affordable, but the opposite will happen.
• There is no plan in Missing Middle to incentivize affordable housing
• It can lead to gentrification of Olympia with demolitions of modest homes to make room for larger units.
• New units will be expensive. Lower priced housing will be harder to find, and renters will be forced out.
• Property taxes will increase to pay for infrastructure upgrades.
Don’t be fooled.This proposal did not come from the community. It is being pushed by City Planning Staff, local developers, and density advocates who feel they know what is best for Olympia and your neighborhood.
Learn about Missing Middle facts on this website. All information came from the City MM website or documented sources