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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. See the 2020 Work Plan here.

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Code Development

The city is currently in the process of developing or has recently completed several codes to implement the comprehensive plan, related special plans, and state law. Click on the projects below to learn more about them.

  1. SHORt-TERM  RENTALs
  2. Permissible Use Table Update
  3. Nonconforming Code Amendment
  4. SEPA Thresholds

Planning Commissions recommends proposed amendments to LSMC 14.44.064 at April 20 public hearing; City Council seeking additional input before scheduling public hearing

The city adopted supplementary use regulations for tourist homes in 1998 (LSMC 14.44.064), which have remained unchanged even as the popularity of short term rentals (STRs) has increased exponentially.  The city is currently considering amendments to LSMC 14.44.064 to modernize the code language and respond to community concerns. The Planning Commission was introduced to the topic on December 1, 2021 and held a follow-up discussion on February 2, 2022, before reviewing draft code language at their March 16, 2022 meeting

On April 20, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to review the proposed amendment (LUA2022-0046) and take public comment. After hearing a short presentation from staff, hearing from five members of the public and delibearing on the proposal, the Commission voted to recommend to City Council that they approve LUA2022-0046 as shown below under "Draft Regulations".

The City Council is required to hold a public hearing to consider the Planning Commission's recommendation. Before that occurs, the City Council has requested that staff solicit additional public input on the proposed code language, which can be found below under "Draft Regulations". Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments via email (dlevitan@lakestevenswa.gov) or mail (Attn: David Levitan, 1812 Main Street, PO Box 257, Lake Stevens, WA 98258) by May 30, 2022. 

For more information, please contact Planning Manager David Levitan at dlevitan@lakestevenswa.gov or 425-622-9425. 

Code Development Process
Draft RegulationsState Environmental Policy ActPublic Notice
Draft Amendments to LSMC 14.44.064Categorically exempt under WAC 197-11-800(19)(b)May 10 City Council Notice of Public Hearing