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. See the 2020 Work Plan here.

Special Plans


Subarea Plans

Code 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.

  1. Permissible Use Table Update
  2. Nonconforming Code Amendment
  3. School & Traffic Impact Fees
  4. SEPA Thresholds

Permissible Use Table Update (Scheduled for City Council Public Hearing on October 12, 2021)

As commercial land uses continue to expand and the city explores ways to facilitate greater economic development, staff has been considering ways to simplify and improve the permissible use table in LSMC 14.40, which currently includes overly detailed uses and antiquated terminology that has required many code interpretations over the years. To view our current permissible use table, please see LSMC 14.40

Staff held a number of work sessions with the Planning Commission and City Council between December 2020 and August 2021. The Planning Commission held a final work session on August 18 before holding a public hearing on the proposed amendment (LUA2021-0136) on September 15, 2021 (meeting packet). The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the code amendment, and the City Council is now scheduled to consider their recommendation on October 12, 2021. The notice of public hearing and proposed code amendment are shown below, and the staff report will be available on the City Council agenda page by October 8, 2021. 

 For additional information on this project, please contact Jill Needham at 425-622-9428 or jneedham@lakestevenswa.gov.

Code Development Process
Draft RegulationsState Environmental Policy ActPublic Notice
Draft Code AmendmentDetermination of NonsignificanceOctober 12 CC Public Hearing