The Community Planning and Development department mailed this July 10 public-hearing notification to residents in neighborhoods surrounding LBA Park and LBA Woods. Unfortunately, it is very confusing and misleading. It makes it appear we LOST the LBA Woods to development. This is not so.
Our understanding is that Olympia has no official “parks” designation for any of its parks and simply adopts the surrounding neighborhood zoning as the default zoning. Go figure! So—the R 4-8 (4-8 residential units per acre) you see on the notification (posted here) is the current zoning of the neighborhoods surrounding the LBA Woods. R4-8 applies to both the “Bentridge” and
The area zoned R6-12, however, designates the 10 acres the City did acquire (the “old growth” scotsbroom field) with non-park money to develop for higher-density housing and possible neighborhood center.
We are currently working with the Parks Dept. and Planning and Development Department to request they issue an official clarification asap on this unfortunately confusing notification.