2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review

Welcome to the Lakewood 2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review website. Check back here regularly for the latest information, events, and meetings for the process.


Announcements

The state laws that passed in 2023 regarding allowing more ADUs and housing units on residential lots will be part of Lakewood’s 2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review. These changes to what you can develop on your property will not go into effect in Lakewood until December 31, 2024 at the earliest. To keep track of how these new development options are being reviewed by Lakewood, please stay tuned here.

2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review Steering Committee Meetings

Lakewood’s 2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review Steering Committee met for the first time on February 23, 2023. It will focus its efforts on climate change and housing for the first half of 2023, and then begin to review and provide feedback on other issues in the second half of 2023 into 2024.

*2/23/23: View meeting minutes here. Watch the meeting here.

*3/28/23: View meeting materials here. Watch the meeting here.

*5/30/23: View meeting materials here. Watch the meeting here.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Speir, Long Range & Strategic Planning Manager, at [email protected].


View Planning Commission discussions of 2024 Periodic Review Process

The Planning Commission will hear from a series of subject matter experts about the 2024 Periodic Review beginning on September 21, 2022 and continuing into 2023. You can view the Planning Commission meeting materials as they are published here. You can watch the meetings live or after the fact here.

* 9/21/22: Introduction to the 2024 Periodic Review Process. Watch meeting here.

* 10/5/22: Housing Part 1. Watch meeting here.

* 10/19/22: Housing Part 2. Watch meeting here.

* 11/2/22: Parks, Recreation, Open Space. Watch meeting here.

*12/7/22: Transportation. Watch meeting here.

*1/4/23: Economic development. Watch meeting here.

*1/18/23: Utilities and Public Services Part 1 (Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood Water District, Tacoma Power). Watch meeting here.

*2/1/23: Utilities and Public Services Part 2 (Pierce College, Lakewood Light & Power, Clover Park School District). Watch meeting here.

*2/15/23: Land Use and Urban Design & Community Character. Watch meeting here.

*3/1/23: Housing Needs Assessment; Racially Disparate Impacts & Equity within All Elements. Watch the meeting here.

*5/17/23: Housing Element and Development Regulations Status Update. Watch the meeting here.


View City Council discussions of 2024 Periodic Review Process

The City Council is holding periodic status discussions on the progress to develop the 2024 Comprehensive Plan and Regulation Updates.

*1/9/23 Introduction. Watch meeting here.

*1/17/23 2024 Comprehensive Plan Work Plan Adoption. Watch meeting here.

*3/13/23 Housing Planning and Zoning Update. Watch meeting here.


The 2009 Tillicum Neighborhood Plan will be updated as part of 2024 Process.


What is the 2024 Periodic Review?

State law requires many cities, including Lakewood, to complete a periodic review of their entire Comprehensive Plan and development regulations, including regulations for critical areas and natural resource lands. Lakewood must complete this review by December 31, 2024, and then future reviews every 10 years after that. City Comprehensive Plans and regulations must be up-to-date with the requirements of the Growth Management Act to be eligible for grants and loans from certain state infrastructure programs.

What is being reviewed?
Every “element” or chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan as well as the development regulation codes that implement them. The City will also be reorganizing the Plan as part of the review to make it more readable.


What is in the Comprehensive Plan?

Foundation for City Planning
The required elements for Comprehensive Plan are described in state law here. Optional elements are described here.

Comprehensive Plans have a 20-year time horizon. The Plan is intended to shape Lakewood’s operations and growth for the next two decades by including policies, goals, and strategies about:

  • Land Use (general distribution, location and extent of the uses of land (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial, parks and open space, public institutional, military))
  • Housing (ensuring the vitality and character of established residential neighborhoods; identifying sufficient capacity of land for housing including, but not limited to, government-assisted housing, housing for moderate, low, very low, and extremely low-income households, manufactured housing, multifamily housing, group homes, foster care facilities, emergency housing, emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing, and within an urban growth area boundary, consideration of duplexes, triplexes, and townhomes)
  • Capital Facilities (streets, roads, highways, sidewalks, street and road lighting systems, traffic signals, domestic water systems, storm and sanitary sewer systems, parks and recreational facilities, and schools)
  • Utilities (including, but not limited to, electrical lines, telecommunication lines, and natural gas lines)
  • Transportation (implements, and is consistent with, the land use element; discusses air, water, and ground transportation facilities and services)

Lakewood’s Optional Comprehensive Plan Items
Lakewood has adopted optional elements to its Plan, including:


FAQs

Who decides the 2024 Periodic Review is done?

  • The City Council will take action to adopt any updates to Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations before December 31, 2024. In addition, the WA State Department of Commerce and Puget Sound Regional Council will be involved in reviews of the Plan and regulations, and may require additional changes before the process is complete.

How can I get involved in the Periodic Review?

  • Lakewood needs your input! The City will be reviewing many topics as part of this review and needs the expertise and feedback of residents, businesses and organizations to make this Plan review the best it can be. Please sign up for updates and leave your comments below, and thank you!

Where can I find out more?

  • This page and www.lakewoodwaspeaks.org will be the best place to watch for more information and updates about the 2024 Periodic Review. For specific questions you can find answers to here, please contact Tiffany Speir, Long Range & Strategic Planning Manager, at [email protected]

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