Long Range Planning
With the input from you the public, the Planning Commission, Parks Board, and City Council, this team of planners look to the future to prepare the city’s land use plans and municipal code amendments for future development.
The city is currently developing several codes to implement the comprehensive plan, related special plans, and state law. Click on the projects below to learn more about them.
Canvassing, Peddling, and Soliciting Licenses
The purpose of this code amendment briefing is to streamline and simplify the licensing process for Canvassers, Peddlers, and Solicitors (Chapter 4.04.130 LSMC) working within the city.
Canvassers are defined as a person who goes from place to place or house to house seeking contributions, donations, opinions, or other information. Peddlers/Solicitors are defined as any person who goes from place to place or house to house selling goods, wares, or services. Under both the existing and proposed municipal code, this activity requires a Solicitor License in addition to a business license.
Applications are submitted to the Planning and Community Development Department and require the applicant to submit fingerprints to the Police Department for the purpose of a background check. To conduct nationwide background checks, Washington State Patrol requires jurisdictions to codify specific language describing the process in the municipal code. The new section in LSMC 4.04.230 utilizes the suggested language.
Staff introduced this code amendment to Planning Commission on May 3, 2023. The staff report and current draft language can be found at Planning Commission Agenda Packet for May 3, 2023. The City Council will hold a public hearing to formally adopt the proposed new regulations at a later date.
The Fees Resolution will be updated concurrently with this code amendment.
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State Environmental Policy Act
Categorically exempt under WAC 197-11-800(19)(b)
Lake Stevens Municipal Code Cleanup
This code amendment revises the city's land use regulations to clarify intent, improve language consistency, and maximize administration efficiency. The proposed changes are organized into 3 phases: housekeeping, update, and substantial. The Housekeeping changes are defined as changes which don’t alter the code’s intent and focus on grammar, deletion, and accuracy of references. Update changes are defined as changes which don’t alter the code’s intent unless alteration is in accordance with a previous administrative determination or outside agency policy change. The Substantial changes are defined as changes which may alter the intent of the code but do so following the vision of clarification, improvement, and maximization of efficiency. The proposed amendments will be subject to the public process at future Planning Commission and City Council public hearings summer of 2023.
Staff reviewed the code and presented a list of proposed changes to the Planning Commission Meeting of May 3, 2023. The changes modify the following code sections: 14.04 General Provisions, 14.08 Basic Definitions, 14.16C Land Use Actions and Permits, 14.18 Subdivisions, 14.38 Subarea Plans, 14.44 Supplementary Uses, 14.48 Density and Dimensional Regulations, 14.50 Land Disturbance, 14.56 Streets and Sidewalks, 14.68 Signs, and 14.88 Critical Areas. Planning Commission had no revisions to the scope of the project.
Staff returned to Planning Commission on May 17, 2023 to present Phase 1- Housekeeping. The attachments brought forth were the Phase 1 Housekeeping Narrative and Phase 1 Housekeeping Draft Strikethrough Language. Planning Commission had no revisions to proposed language.
Phase 2, Phase 3, and a full scope will be introduced at Planning Commission and City Council in Summer 2023.