Postcard mailer that went to homes in June 2024. It says "Do you own property on a lake or stream in Lakewood?"

Do you own property on a lake or stream shoreline in Lakewood?

June 20, 2024

New buffer requirements for lakes and streams are part of the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review under review by the Lakewood Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission wants to hear from property owners who own land within 200 feet of a lake or stream shoreline. The proposed changes, which are required, may affect how you can develop your property.

Buffer widths will increase for the following bodies of water/streams:

  • Boyles Lake
  • Carp Lake
  • Emerson Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Flett Creek
  • Ponce de Leon Creek
  • Unnamed tributaries for Gravelly Lake, Lost Lake, Waughop Lake, Chambers Creek, Clover Creek and unnamed type “Np/Ns/X” waterbodies.

Buffer widths will stay the same for:

  • American Lake
  • Gravelly Lake
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Steilacoom
  • Waughop Lake
  • Chambers Creek
  • Clover Creek

People can comment in person about the proposed changes at the Planning Commission’s June 26, 2024 public meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Can’t make it in person? You can attend virtually via Zoom or by calling (253) 215-8782 and enter meeting ID: 896 0433 2058. Virtual attendees can provide public comment by raising their hand and waiting to be called on. Or submit comments in writing by 12 p.m. June 26, 2024 by emailing Karen Devereaux.