Addendum to Final Planned Action EIS Now Available

The Addendum to the FPAEIS for the Lakewood Downtown Subarea Plan is available here.

You can view the latest proposed version of the proposed Downtown Subarea Plan package here starting on page 7:

 The Lakewood City Council will hold a study session this evening (9/10) to review the Downtown Plan, Downtown Development Code, and related documents, and is scheduled to take action on the package on 9/17.

Downtown Plan Review by City Council in July and August

The City Council will start review the latest versions of a draft downtown subarea plan and other related documents at its July 9th study session.  A public hearing was held July 16th at 7 pm at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers (6000 Main St. SW, first floor) for residents to comment on the plan and offer thoughts on how a future downtown Lakewood should be developed. 

The Council will hold study sessions about the plan July 23 and 30.  Final action by the Council is tentatively scheduled for August 6.

CLICK HERE to view the draft Plan and associated documents the Council is reviewing as of July 16.

The meeting will provide council the chance to review the proposed subarea plan, proposed downtown development code, a planned action ordinance and related comprehensive plan and municipal code amendments.

The Planning Commission unanimously recommended adoption of the documents at the end of last month, identifying a preferred alternative for future downtown development.

Through public outreach and analysis it was determined Lakewood’s future downtown should meet the daily needs of its residents. That includes offering daily goods like groceries, personal care products, restaurants, coffee shops and bars and professional and healthcare services like financial services, dental offices and a trend toward retail-based medical providers.

Also proposed in the plan is the development of a 2- to 4-acre central park within the Lakewood Towne Center, and increased density in core areas to promote mixed-use development where commercial and residential blend.

Read more about the Downtown Plan on the project website and sign up for email updates.

Lakewood Downtown Plan and EIS Available for Review – Extended Comment Period

The draft Downtown Subarea Plan (DSAP) and Draft Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (PAEIS) are available here;  you can view project updates here.

All members of the public, agencies, and tribes are invited to provide comment on the Draft PAEIS. The Draft Downtown Plan and subsequent materials considered by the Planning Commission are also available on the project website for review (see Document Availability link above). Send comments by 5 pm, June 25, 2018.

Email comments are preferred and must be sent to with the proposal name (Lakewood Downtown Plan EIS) in the subject line. Include your comments in the body of your email message rather than as attachments. You can also submit written comments to:

Tiffany Speir, Planning Manager, Special Projects                                                                     

City of Lakewood Community & Economic Development Department                                   

6000 Main St SW                                                                                                             

Lakewood, WA 98499

The City conducted a 30-day comment period from March 16 to April 16, 2018. Due to a publication error, the City is republishing the notice in the newspaper of record and inviting comment in an extended comment period. Those who have commented during the original comment period are not required to resend their comments; all comments submitted in the original period and extended period will be considered.

Reminder – Downtown Plan Hearing May 2nd

The Lakewood Planning Commission will hold a public hearing May 2 at 6:30 p.m. on the draft Lakewood Downtown Subarea Plan, Planned Action Ordinance, associated Comprehensive Plan amendments, and draft Downtown Development Code. The meeting will be held at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main St SW) in the Council Chambers. See the Planning Commission’s agenda material here.

More information about the Lakewood Downtown Plan and additional future meetings can be viewed at   

Questions or comments can be directed to Tiffany Speir, Planning Manager at (253) 983-7702 or, or via mail at 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA  98499. You may also make a comment at the comment form here:

Draft Downtown Plan Survey!

The City has developed a Draft Downtown Lakewood Plan that provides a vision and action strategies. Alternative land uses, streets, and a central park are proposed. This survey introduces key components of the plan and asks about what you like, what are some challenges, and other ideas you have so we can create the best plan for your Downtown. This survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. We’ll collect your responses through April 16, 2018. Survey Link:

Our Draft Downtown Plan and EIS are Ready - What do you Think?

With your great ideas collected through events and surveys in fall 2017, we have developed a draft plan to create a mixed-use, walkable, well-designed Downtown. See what’s proposed and tell us what you think.

Public Open House and Meeting to Introduce the Plan and EIS

An Open House and Public Meeting hosted by Lakewood Planning Commission is scheduled for: March 21, 2018, 5:30 PM, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. The purpose of the Open House and Public Meeting is to introduce the Draft Downtown Plan and Draft EIS. All members of the public are welcome to participate in interactive displays and discussions.

30-Day Comment and Review Period

All members of the public, agencies, and tribes are invited to provide comment on the Draft EIS. The Draft Downtown Plan is being circulated at the same time as this Draft EIS, and comments are also welcome on the plan. Send comments by 5 pm, April 16, 2018. A copy of the notice of availability is available here

Email comments are preferred and must be sent to with the proposal name (Lakewood Downtown Plan EIS) in the subject line. Include your comments in the body of your email message rather than as attachments. Alternative methods of submitting written comments are:

Tiffany Speir, Planning Manager, Special Projects
City of Lakewood Community & Economic Development Department
6000 Main St SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

Downtown Plan Open House Scheduled

We have entered the next phase of our downtown planning process. The draft downtown plan and draft planned action environmental impact statement will be presented to the public at an open house March 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The city’s Planning Commission is hosting the meeting, which will have interactive displays and a chance for discussion. Refreshments will also be available. The plan will go up on the project website March 16 and from there a 30-day comment period will begin. Review the documents and provide your thoughts and comments online.

Big Ideas for Downtown

On December 11 and December 13, 2017, the Downtown plan team presented visioning outreach and design charrette results to the City Council and Planning Commission. See the summary presentation here.

Big ideas for Downtown include:

  • 2 to 4-acre park near City Hall
  • Green street loop with improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Site for additional civic uses near City Hall
  • Improved public street grid in the Towne Center
  • Gateways along major arterials at the entrance to Downtown
  • Road diet and multi-use path on Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Catalyst sites for redevelopment
  • Connection to active park
  • Motor Avenue Improvements
  • Restore Seely Lake Park

Overall Concept Plan:

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The Lakewood Towne Center is one of several catalyst sites that could help transform the Downtown into a mixed-use area with civic amenities, walkable streets, housing, entertainment, restaurants, retail, and other employment.

Take a three-dimensional tour of possible options for future development in the Towne Center area, narrated by Seth Harry, an urban designer on the project team. The video illustrates ideas that grew out of the Downtown design charrette and outreach results. The ideas shown represent a range of future options and are not specific development plans.

Next Steps: Options for the Towne Center along with the “big ideas” across the Downtown will be evaluated in a Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement anticipated the first quarter of 2018. At that time, the City of Lakewood will host additional opportunities for public, property owner, and agency comment to help shape a preferred plan.

Your Downtown Ideas!

The team will be presenting results of the charrette and the rest of the 12 outreach events this fall to the City Council on December 11, 2017 (7 PM)  and the Planning Commission on December 13, 2017 (6:30 PM), at City Hall. Concepts for how the Downtown could be enhanced are part of the presentation. See the outreach summaries including the charette at our Plans + Documents page.

The City is also conducting a scoping period to help shape the contents and alternatives to be studied in the Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement from December 8 to December 29, 2017. See the scoping notice and contact information to provide comments.

Thank You!

A big thank you  to the Lakewood community for contributing your ideas about the future of Lakewood’s Downtown at the Vision charrette November 15 to 18! We have also heard from many of you at our online survey. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, there’s still a chance to participate through Friday 12/1 – just click this link: Thank you for your interest Downtown Lakewood. Summary results should be ready in the first part of December; check back soon.

Want a say in Lakewood development? Now's your chance.

Want to have a say in how Lakewood's downtown is developed over time? We have three meetings coming up where you can add your ideas.

These neighborhood open houses are part of a year-long planning process the city initiated to shape the evolution of its central business district - the roughly 300 acres of commercial real estate that includes the Lakewood Towne Center, Colonial Center and East Commercial District.

The goal is to see these areas transformed into pedestrian-friendly commercial areas that include a mix of development like residential, retail, restaurants and entertainment. The city hired BERK Consulting to conduct the planning process, which will rely heavily on public input.

The launch of these public meetings begin next week with three opportunities for people to learn more and offer feedback. Additional public meetings will be held throughout the course of this planning effort. 

  • Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW).
  • Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. Be part of interactive discussions, see sketches and give your ideas.


  • Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. See how downtown plans have evolved and help critique them.

Come to any or all the meetings - drop in, share your thoughts and enjoy refreshments.

Take this online survey to share your ideas.



Come to Lakewood’s Downtown Charrette!

What do you want in your Downtown? Lakewood is creating a Downtown Plan and needs your ideas!

A major goal of the City of Lakewood is to create a Downtown in the central business district, redeveloping it into a rich urban area with civic amenities, walkable streets, and a mix of uses including housing, entertainment, restaurants, and retail. Downtown has significant economic and cultural assets and some challenges to achieve this goal.

Lakewood's Downtown Charrette is a multi-day event meant to inspire creative ideas and quick problem solving among community residents, property owners, businesses, developers, and designers. Members of the project team including urban designers, planners, and engineers will be there, together with City officials and Planning Commissioners.

Come to any or all of the dates! You are invited to drop in and share your thoughts. Refreshments will be available.

Can’t make the charrette? Feel free to provide your ideas and comments here:

What is the Lakewood Downtown Plan?

The City of Lakewood is planning the future of Downtown including the Town Center and abutting commercial districts totaling around 300 acres. The Downtown plan will build up past planning efforts and describe a vision, land use and design, gathering places, and action strategies for Lakewood’s central business district or “Downtown”. New design-oriented zoning standards and upfront environmental review will be part of the plan and will help bring about desired change and development.

The Lakewood Downtown Plan team is coming to you!

We will be at several community events in October:

§   October 13, 3-5 pm:  Boo Han Market - Intercept Survey (map)

§   October 14, 12-3 pm: Truck and Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom – come to our booth

§   October 16, 6 pm: Youth Council at City Hall (map)

We will also be at the JBLM PX on October 30 and at the JBLM Commissary on November 5.

Also, stay tuned for a public design workshop and an online survey in mid-November. See the project website for more information on events:

Tell us what you think: What do you want in your Downtown? Where are good places for parks, trails, and gathering spaces? How can we retain and attract businesses? Where are opportunities to add quality housing choices? Where can we improve circulation and parking?

How to find more information: Please see the project website for more information and events and how you can volunteer and give your ideas:


Hello Lakewood!

The City of Lakewood turned 20 in 2016. Since the City incorporated the community has consistently identified urban design and creating a stronger sense of place and community identity as a high priority. As a newer city Lakewood never developed a traditional downtown or main street that is found in many older cities. The Lakewood Downtown Plan is an opportunity to build upon past planning efforts to achieve progress on the community's vision for a Downtown.

To develop the plan and priorities the City will be engaging the community so your voice can be heard. We want to hear from you! In collaboration with the City Council and Planning Commission, we developed a public participation plan to identify outreach and engagement activities designed to help us listen to the community, generate big ideas, and come up with a great downtown plan. Priorities may include new parks and open spaces, street improvements to support walking and biking, new community facilities such as a library, events and placemaking in public spaces, new housing options, job opportunities, and support for new businesses and local services.

This website will be updated frequently with the latest project updates and you can sign up to receive updates via email.  Check the events page for upcoming public outreach events including a design charrette in November.

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Farmer’s Market – September 5, 2017

What do you want to do in Downtown Lakewood? That’s a question we asked of folks at the Lakewood Farmer’s Market on September 5th. Here are some ideas we heard on how to make Downtown Lakewood the place you want to be.