Long-Range Planning and Special Projects

The City of Lakewood’s Long-Range Planning and Special Projects division creates and updates Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan. They also handle 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 & Special Projects 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.

About Long-Range Planning

The Long-Range 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, 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;
  • Works with the Pierce County Continuum of Care and reviews Pierce County Human Services contracts.

The City of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan 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.


2023 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Cycle Headed to City Council June 12
The Planning Commission will take final action on the 2023 Comprehensive Plan amendments at a special meeting on May 31 at 6:30 pm. You can view the full language for each amendment here.
The City Council will begin its review of the amendments on June 12 at 7 pm. You can view information on Council meetings here.
The amendments include:
2023-01  Add a tree canopy goal of 40% by 2050 to the Comprehensive Plan as Policy LU-60.4.
2023-02     Request to:
redesignate/rezone parcels 0219024020, -4021 and -4022from Multifamily (MF)/Multifamily 3 (MF3) to Downtown/Central Business District (CBD); and
redesignate/rezone parcel 6720100160, -170, -180, -191, -200 and 0219024024 from Multifamily (MF)/Multifamily 1 (MF1) to Downtown/Central Business District (CBD.)
2023-03     Request to redesignate/rezone parcel(s) 0219111038, -1040, and 3097000312 from Mixed Residential (MR)/Mixed Residential 1 (MR1) to Open Space & Recreation (OSR)/Open Space & Recreation 2 (OSR2.)
2023-04     Request to:
–           redesignate/rezone parcel(s) 5130001640 and -1650 from Residential (R)/Residential 4 (R4) to Neighborhood Business District (NBD)/Neighborhood Commercial 2 (NC2); and
–           redesignate/rezone parcel(s) 5130001660 and -1671 from Arterial Corridor (ARC)/Arterial Residential-Commercial (ARC) to Neighborhood Business District (NBD)/Neighborhood Commercial 2 (NC2)
2023-05     Allow:
permanent supportive housing (PSH) and transitional housing (TH) within the City’s Commercial 1, 2, and 3 zones; and
emergency housing (EH) and emergency shelter (ES) within the City’s  Residential 1, 2, 3, and 4 zones; Mixed Residential 1 and 2 zones; Multifamily 1, 2, and 3 zones; Arterial Residential Commercial Zone;  Neighborhood Commercial 1 and 2 zones; Transit Oriented Commercial zone; Central Business District zone; and Commercial 1, 2, and 3 zones; and
Remove LMC 18A.40.120 (C)(4) from the Lakewood Municipal Code
2023-06     Amend Policy LU-5.3 to reflect changes in allowed types of funding for financial and relocation assistance for people displaced as a result of construction and development projects.
2023-07     Request to redesignate/rezone parcel 8880900340 from Residential/Residential 3 (R3) to Open Space & Recreation (OSR)/Open Space & Recreation 1 (OSR 1) for expansion of Wards Lake Park.
2023-08     Update of Comprehensive Plan text regarding Western State Hospital to reflect adoption of new Master Plan (continued from the 2021 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle.)
2023-09     Remove language from LU-2.25 requiring that a property owner occupy either the primary or secondary unit.

Watch the stakeholder review of updated proposed amendment 2023-05 (updating Zoning uses and development code related to special needs housing) here.

2024 Growth Management Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review Launched

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.

2022 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Adopted and in effect as of 9/1/22

The City Council adopted the 2022 Comprehensive Plan amendment docket on Monday, August 1 through Ordinance 772.  The amendments went into effect on September 1, 2022.

View Ordinance 772 as presented to Council for adoption here.

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
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 Planning Documents

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application Forms:

Regional Planning Documents

State Law Governing Land Use Planning