Lacey City Council unanimously approves Saint Martin’s master plan

March 8, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Last Thursday, February 25, the Lacey City Council voted unanimously to approve Saint Martin’s Development Agreement and Master Plan. In attendance at the council meeting were Kathleen Bauknight and Andrew Moyer on behalf of St. Martin’s Abbey, and President Roy Heynderickx on behalf of Saint Martin’s University. The presentation of the master plan was given by Jean Carr of Shea, Carr and Jewell.

The master plan establishes guidelines for the future use and development of Saint Martin’s campus, including guidelines for construction of future buildings, roads, infrastructure, parking areas, landscaped and open space areas, and other related improvements. It will serve as a foundation for collaboration between the Saint Martin’s community and the City of Lacey.

Saint Martin’s and the City have been collaborating since 2003 on ways to resolve common concerns. The Development Agreement and Master Plan are a result of these efforts. Olympia-based engineering and planning firm Shea, Carr and Jewell assisted the Abbey and the University throughout the process of creating the master plan and negotiating the development agreement. “We are very grateful to them for their insight and guidance,” says Bauknight, director of real estate for the Abbey.

These agreements allow both the City and Saint Martin’s a clear understanding of the benefits and the obligations facing each party as the University continues to make improvements to the campus. “We were very excited to have the plan receive unanimous vote for approval from the City Council. Getting an approval with that level of support is a real vote of confidence for the plan,” says Carr of Shea, Carr and Jewell.

“Saint Martin’s appreciates the rapport and good working relationship we have with the City of Lacey,” says Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B. of St. Martin’s Abbey. “The Development Agreement, as a tool for streamlining review and approval of campus projects, is a very important milestone in our relationship.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Joint Base Fort Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

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Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University