Long-Range and Strategic Planning

The City of Lakewood’s Long-Range and Strategic Planning division creates and updates Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan. It also drafts updates to land use development regulations as mandated by the state through the Growth Management Act, the Shoreline Management Act, the State Environmental Policy Act, or as directed by the Lakewood City Council.

Tiffany Speir
Long-Range & Strategic Planning Manager
6000 Main St SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 983-7702

Email: TSpeir
To email Tiffany Speir add her email handle before @cityoflakewood.us

Phones & Email:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Coordination Program
Subarea Plans
Documents and Resources
2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review

About Long Range and Strategic Planning

The Long Range and Strategic Planning Division:

  • Provides support to the Planning Commission and the City Council for decisions or recommendations on various plans, policies, and development regulations;
  • Develops and maintains the Comprehensive Plan (PDF), along with various plans and standards for community development, preservation, and disaster recovery;
  • Facilitates the City’s participation in regional planning by working with the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC), and the Pierce County Growth Management Coordination Committee (GMCC);
  • Encourages economic development, environmental protection, affordable housing for all income levels, and efficient transportation, and coordination with other local governments;
  • Performs review of potential land annexations;
  • Represents Lakewood on the Tacoma-Lakewood-Pierce County Continuum of Care and reviews Pierce County Human Services contracts and funding applications.

The division also administers strategic planning and special projects, including the Lakewood Neighborhood Coordination program (see below), the Lakewood American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program, maintenance of the Lakewood Equity Index Map, the establishment of an Urban Forestry program in 2024 and beyond, the Climate Change Implementation Plan, US Census outreach, representation of the City on external boards and commissions, and more.


Check Out Public Meetings about Changing Options for Residential Property Owners

You can watch and access the handouts from the series of meetings Lakewood has held about the upcoming changes to what property owners can build in residential lots. Click here and scroll to Announcements for the links.

State Laws regarding ADUs

The state laws that passed in Spring 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 go to the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Review page.

City Council adopts nine 2023 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Cycle on July 3 – effective date = August 3, 2023

Following a study session on June 12 and a public hearing on June 20, the City Council took action on the 2023 Comprehensive Plan amendment Package on July 3. Amendments include: adopting the citywide tree canopy goal of 40% by 2050; allowing emergency and other special needs housing where the City allows hotels and motels (“Option D” in proposed Ordinance 789); rezoning parcels near the Downtown and at the Lakewood Racquet Club, adding the Western State Hospital Master Plan to the Comprehensive Plan, and more.
You can view the full language for each amendment here. You can watch the City Council meeting here.

2024 Growth Management Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review Underway

Lakewood has begun work on a state law-required update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations known as the Growth Management Act (GMA) Periodic Review. This update is required to be completed by December 31, 2024. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the Comprehensive Plan is internally consistent and also complies with state law and regional planning policies.

The Periodic Update Cycle is a lengthy process that will take over 2 years to complete.  Public involvement is essential to the success of this effort. Click here for more information about the 2024 Periodic Review.

Neighborhood Coordination Program

In 2023, the City Council approved the creation of the Neighborhood Connections-Program Coordinator role as an essential tool to creating an improved line of communication with the City for community members and businesses. The primary objective is to facilitate open discussions on concerns and issues extending beyond public safety, emphasizing the establishment of robust relationships with local organizations. The position aims to bolster engagement in local city government, fostering a sense of community involvement and responsibility. 

The overarching purpose of Neighborhood Coordinator is to drive positive transformation within neighborhoods and tackle local community challenges.  The position’s focus is on enhancing safety and overall quality of life across the city, promoting community understanding of City processes, facilitating informed communication between the City, residents, and businesses, and ensuring government transparency for everyone in Lakewood. 

If you have a question or would like to invite him to one of your meetings, contact Chris Davis, Lakewood’s Neighborhood Coordinator, at [email protected]

Comprehensive Plan and Subarea Plans

Comprehensive Plan

The City of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan (PDF) guides the City’s overall strategy for growth and development over the next 20 years. It sets the goals and policies for items such as land use, economic development, housing, transportation, and the environment.

Subarea Plans

Downtown Subarea Plan

Lakewood’s Downtown Subarea Plan includes the Towne Center, Colonial, and East Commercial Districts. The study area is over 300 acres. The Downtown Subarea Plan will build up past planning efforts and describe a vision, land use, design, gathering places, and action strategies for Lakewood’s central business district or “Downtown”.

Lakewood Station District Subarea Plan

The Lakewood Station District Subarea Plan includes the Lakewood Sounder Station and the surrounding area. 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

Tillicum Neighborhood Plan Review and Update

The Tillicum Neighborhood Plan (TNP) was adopted as a City Subarea Plan in 2009. The plan includes the six key planning initiatives from Lakewood’s Vision for Tillicum document. In 2011, . In 2022, the City adopted an Addendum to the TNP that explains what has been done since 2011 to make the Plan’s vision a reality.

Map of Lakewood’s Subarea Plans

A map depicting the subareas of Lakewood.
Lakewood Subareas: Downtown, Station District, Tillicum

Documents & Resources

Interested in Lakewood development? Follow these useful links to learn about ordinances, planning policies, zoning, and other information that guides development in Lakewood. Visit the Planning & Zoning Maps, Ordinances, and Documents page for more information.

Lakewood Equity Index Map

Lakewood Planning Documents and Resources

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application Forms:

Regional Planning Documents

State Law Governing Land Use Planning

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