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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. STOrage Facilities
  3. CODE  Clean-up
  4. Permissible Use Table Update

City Council to continue discussion of updated short-term rental regulations on October 4

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 and associated chapters to modernize the code language and respond to community concerns. 

On April 20, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to review the proposed amendment (LUA2022-0046) and take public comment. Five members of the public provided oral testimony before the Commission deliberated on the proposal and voted to recommend approval of the draft amendment included in the April 20 meeting packet. 

The City Council held work sessions on May 3 and June 7 to review the Planning Commission's recommended code language. At the conclusion of the June 7 work session, the Council opted to form a subcommittee to consider revisions to the draft code language. Following approximately three months of work, the City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, September 13 to consider the adoption or Ordinance 1139, which would make amendments to LSMC 14.44.064 and associated chapters as shown in the "Draft Regulations" below. The full meeting packet for the September 13 meeting can be found on the Agendas and Packets page. 

The City Council approved a motion to continue the public hearing to allow for an additional workshop on October 4. Additional materials for that workshop will be available on the above Agendas and Packets page by Friday, September 30. 

To submit comments in advance of the public hearing, please send an email to deputyclerk@lakestevenswa.gov. 

Code Development Process
Draft RegulationsState Environmental Policy ActPublic Notice
Proposed amendments in Ordinance 1139Categorically exempt under WAC 197-11-800(19)(b)September 13 City Council Notice of Public Hearing