Lakewood Sounder Station

Lakewood Station District Subarea Plan

The Lakewood Station District Subarea plan will improve the lives of Lakewood residents in many ways. These include new housing, business, employment, and transportation opportunities. This project will improve the lives of current residents and businesses while planning for the next 100+ years.

Tiffany Speir
Long-Range & Special Projects Manager
6000 Main St SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
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Project Overview
Important Documents


*5/13/24: City Council discussion of 2024 reviews of the Station District Subarea Plan. Watch the meeting here.

*2/21/24: The Planning Commission held a discussion re the ongoing biennial review of the Station District Subarea in conjunction with 2024 Periodic Review. Watch the meeting here.

On June 3, 2021, the Lakewood Station District Subarea Plan, Hybrid Form-Based Code, and Planned Action went into effect. Click here to view them.

Project Overview

As the City plans for an additional 11,500 residents by 2030, new housing in the area near Lakewood Station will help meet this growth target as well as:

  • Provide additional affordable housing for current and future residents
  • Add businesses and employment opportunities
  • Maximize access to transit and use of the Sounder Station
  • Improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Prevent the displacement of current residents when redevelopment occurs
  • Complement planning in the Downtown area

About the Project

Pacific Highway is a major arterial parallel to Interstate-5 in Lakewood. This creates great potential for new uses that would benefit the City, its residents, the region, the state, and our visitors.  

The City performed studies before beginning this project. These were to determine whether the redevelopment of this area would be beneficial to all concerned. These studies included:

The City of Lakewood is working with the state Department of Transportation on a win-win proposal to relocate a WSDOT facility. This would open up economic development growth in the city, and provide WSDOT with a site better suited to strengthen accessibility to its service area.

The project site is currently used as a WSDOT maintenance facility and some retail. With its Pacific Highway location, prime Interstate 5 frontage, heavy daily traffic loads and close proximity to the Lakewood Sounder Station, the site is better suited for transit-oriented mixed-use development.

In October 2018, WSDOT signed an agreement to market its property.

WSDOT signed an agreement to market its property and to perform the necessary work in order to sell the land and surrounding properties to a developer. Property owners have engaged in briefings on the project and been offered the opportunity to participate.


Lakewood Station is full of economic development opportunities. Please view the materials below to learn more about opportunities. Also, discover what our Economic Development Department can do to help your business thrive.

Important Documents