Above: Reclaimed water tank construction at the future T Street Park and sample of walkway public art mosaic.

Tumwater on Tap
City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  October 2014
Department Profile: Community Development
  • Issue permits for development activities;
  • Ensure construction is built according to safety and conservation standards for earthquake, fire, energy, etc.;
  • Provide code enforcement for nuisance, zoning and parking; and
  • Plan for future growth within the community.
capitol-blvd-plan The department's Long Range Planning Division supports the City Council and Planning Commission by staffing all comprehensive planning efforts, zoning and development code updates, and annexations. Recent notable planning projects include the Capitol Boulevard Plan, adopted in 2013; the Brewery Neighborhood Plan; and the Shoreline Master Program, both adopted in 2014. This year, the division will facilitate work on two proposed annexations, Tumwater's Eastside UGA and 93rd Avenue. In addition, two significant planning projects are already underway, the Historic Brewery Site SEPA Planned Action (current, see article); and Historic Brewery Site Market Study (current). 

The Building and Permitting Division reviews and approves development permit applications. Building permit activities for 2013 include:
  • 133 Single Family building permits issued with a total valuation of $29,570,625 (122 in 2012);
  • 6 Commercial building permits issued with a total valuation of $1,871,276 (11 in 2012, valued at $24,665,561);
  • Responded to 131 code violations (100 in 2012); and
  • 1,008 permits of all types issued in 2013 (1,053 in 2012).
For more information, visit the Community Development Department on the City's website.

Volunteer Event
Tree Planting Project
Pioneer Park
Saturday, October 11
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Old Brewhouse Planned Action Environment Impact Statement is underway

planned-actionThe City of Tumwater is preparing a Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement for the site of the Old Brewhouse. Funding for the project is provided by a grant from the State Department of Ecology. The Brewhouse is located north of Custer Way on the shores of Capitol Lake and the Deschutes River. The purpose of a Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement is to conduct project-level environmental review on a range of alternatives for developing the site before the property owner applies for land development approval. Conducting this environmental review now can help to reduce permitting time for a development on the site in the future. The Environmental Impact Statement will identify potential impacts to the environment as a result of new development and address how the impacts may be avoided or minimized.

Old Brewhouse 12-21-10 The first step in the Environmental Impact Statement process has begun. The City issued a formal Scoping Notice inviting the public, State agencies and tribes to comment on topics which should be studied in the Environmental Impact Statement. Based on the established scope, the City will evaluate elements of the environment and prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public review and comment. It is anticipated that the Final Environmental Impact Statement will be completed by spring 2015. Additional information about the Old Brewhouse Planned Action EIS is on the City's website. 

To add your name to the City's email distribution list for this project, please contact planning manager Tim Smith at the City of Tumwater, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501. Call (360) 754-4212 or email tsmith@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

This project is subsidized by an Integrated Planning Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. 


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Tumwater Youth Program Kicks off a new season
typTYP black and white logoSchool is back in session and the Tumwater Youth Program (TYP) is too. Check out the schedule of Friday night activities for grade school and middle school youth on the City's website. See TYP Events for a list of late-night dates sprinkled through the school year. The City of Tumwater's Parks and Recreation Department hosts this program offering safe and fun activities for 3rd-8th graders, with over 3,000 youth participating each year.

Want to help? Volunteer for Tumwater Youth Program (TYP) events. Volunteer support is essential to the success of TYP. Parents, high school students and citizens all contribute about 1,500 hours each year to the program. With the large number of volunteers and participants, each TYP is truly a community event.

TYP volunteer training sessions are scheduled throughout the year. We're offering a one-time, limited volunteer opportunity on Friday, November 14 for those interested in a short-term commitment. Contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160 for more info.


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17th Field Artillery receives thanks from Tumwater
bannersBanners signed by the Tumwater community made their way to faraway places this summer. "Thank you for your service!" banners with more than a thousand signatures from our community were delivered to two 17th Field Artillery units, showing appreciation for our soldiers. 

The photo on the right made its way from Kuwait, where soldiers from the 17th Field Artillery displayed their "Thank you" banner at the "shadow" 5K run abroad to mirror the Thunder Rumble in Tumwater. They wore shirts from the 2013 event.

Another banner (left) was presented to the unit during their deployment ceremony and traveled overseas with the soldiers.

The 17 Field Artillery is Tumwater's community connector brigade through JBLM. A heartfelt Thank You was received from the Brigade. 

October Calendar
calendarTumwater Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., through October
Corner of Israel Road SW and Capitol Boulevard
Participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut Drill

The City of Tumwater, along with many other agencies, businesses, schools and families throughout the State, will be participating in an earthquake drill called the Great Washington Shakeout on October 16 at 10:16 a.m.

Educational resources are available online to learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Your business, agency or family can participate in the drill. Register and find educational resources at www.shakeout.org.

Register for Fall sports, classes and programs today!


Browse the Parks & Recreation Fall Brochure and find out How to Register on the City website or call (360) 754-4160 for assistance. 

Online registration is now available.
You can browse the catalog, register and pay for classes. Visit Online Registration to check it out.

Tumwater High School Thunderbird and cheer squad joined youth and adults on a morning walk/bike ride to Peter G. Schmidt Elementary on October 8 for International Walk to School Day. A record turnout of 321 were present for the first Walk-n-Roll program event this year. The program is sponsored by a number of community agencies and partners to make safe routes to schools and encourage healthy habits for kids.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855