City of Tumwater, Washington  |  |  October 2015 
APlanning Commission
October is National Community Planning Month, recognizing the importance of planning and the impact that the built environment can have on both our community and public health. The Tumwater Planning Commission is an advisory body to the City Council on land use, comprehensive planning issues, and other items which the Council feels may need their review. The Commission is an integral part of the implementation of the Growth Management Act. Members volunteer countless hours of service to improve the City. These citizens are committed to community planning.

The Tumwater Planning Commission consists of nine citizen members serving four-year terms: Sally Nash (Chair), Terry Kirkpatrick (UGA Rep & Vice Chair), Nancy Stevenson, Dennis Morr Jr., Ellen Matheny, Deborah Reynolds, Leatta Dahlhoff, Eric Tompkins, and Jessica Hausman. The Tumwater Planning Commission has been instrumental in creating a vision for the Brewery District, the Capitol Boulevard Plan, and is currently helping to identify design standards to guide the future look of the City.

Citizens play and important role in community planning, not just those that serve on the Planning Commission. There are many ways that citizens can be involved in the community planning process. One simple way is to provide public comments. Most policy changes provide opportunity for public review and formal comment. These comments are considered carefully by policy makers. Make sure to sign up for General City Hall Alerts and you'll get an email with the City Coundil agenda every week. Be sure to contribute your experience of the present and your vision for the future of our Tumwater community as the City updates the Comprehensive Plan in 2016 too.

On October 6, 2015, the Tumwater City Council adopted Ordinance 2015-008 to finalize annexation of the Eastside Urban Growth Area, adding approximately 2.5 square miles and more than 3,000 residents to the City. The effective date of the annexation is January 1, 2016.

The City will work closely with Thurston County to provide for a smooth transition of services. One change will be billing for stormwater services. The County includes this amount on property tax bills, and the City bills monthly through their utility billing system. Residents and businesses will receive additional information about any service transitions in their mailbox. 

Please call (360) 754-5855 or email with questions about the annexation. Find information on the City website too.

C Comment Invited on Brewery Planned Action DRAFT EIS
The City of Tumwater received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to prepare a Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Old Brewhouse area. This environmental review is intended to provide the greatest amount of information about potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures to avoid, minimize, or compensate for these impacts. Formal Comment Period for the Draft EIS ends October 30, 2015.

The review and comment period for the Draft EIS is open for a 30-day period, ending at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015, which is the deadline for submitting written comments.

A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Tumwater City Hall, during which written or oral public comments will be accepted on the Draft EIS.

The focus of this EIS is on property bounded by Custer Way to the south, Deschutes River to the west, Capitol Lake to the north and the railroad to the east. The site is depicted on the Proposed Planned Action Map, above. The City hired SCJ Alliance Consulting Services to prepare the EIS.

Visit the City website to review the documents and learn more at
Reserve your pumpkin today!

Schilter's Family Farm
Pumpkin Painting 
Thursday, October 22
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tumwater Middle School

FREE event for all ages
Space is limited,
pre-registration is required. Call (360) 754-4160 or register online

Good News!

Tumwater rated 9th "Happiest Town" in Washington.

Join us for a work party on October 24
Saturday, October 24
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Questions? (360) 252-5424.
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BParticipate in the Great Washington ShakeOut on 10/15 @ 10:15
At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015, millions of people in government offices, homes, businesses, schools, and public places throughout Washington will "Drop! Cover! Hold On!" during the "Great Washington ShakeOut" earthquake drill. Everyone is encouraged to join the City of Tumwater and participate in this simulated drill.

Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning and can occur at any time of the year-day or night. Though earthquakes cannot be predicted, there are steps you can take to prepare your home and family. Participating in the Great ShakeOut drill is a great way for everyone to get prepared, and make sure they practice earthquake plans and create emergency kits for their home, office, and vehicles.

Please be prepared. Experts suggest that every household should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least five days in the event of a large-scale incident. Create an emergency plan for your home and family, put together an emergency supply kit (food, water, tools, etc.,) and make sure all of your family members know how to contact one another.

To sign up or for information on how you can prepare for an earthquake, visit

On October 2, 2015, the Washington State Department of Commerce recognized the unique collaboration and partnership to advance craft brewing, distilling, and cider making in the region by designating the "Thurston Craft Brewing and Distilling Innovation Parthership Zone (IPZ)." This designation is a "win" for redevelopment of the former brewery in Tumwater.

The Craft Brewing and Distilling Center concept was envisioned as a partnership to catalyze redevelopment of the former brewery. In June 2015, the City released a feasibility study that outlined the value of this "Center of Excellence" to expand two rapidly growing industries (craft brewing and distilling), drawing investment, fostering innovation, creating jobs and attracting tourism. The feasibility study laid the groundwork for partners to advance their work in education and workforce development, entrepreneurship, industry, research to accelerate economic advancement and innovation. 

The IPZ provides recognition of partnership efforts and a structure to move the Center forward. The Thurston Economic Development Council and Center for Business Innovation, in partnership with South Puget Sound Community College, the City of Tumwater, School of Food Science at Washington State University/University of Idaho, and a platform of local brewers, cider makers, and distillers lead the charge, with support from Olympia, Lacey, and the Port of Olympia.

The Innovation Partnership Zones program was created in 2007 by Governor Gregoire and the Washington State Legislature.  Its goal is to stimulate the growth of industry clusters and build regional economies. IPZs provide regions a mechanism to form partnerships between research entities, private sector partners, and workforce training to collaborate and develop commercially viable technologies. To learn more about Innovation Partnership Zones, visit

City staff honored the fallen heroes from 9/11/2001 at a flag raising ceremony on 9/11/2015.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855