Subarea Planning

Our community enjoys a rich and unique history that continues to define who we are today. To preserve that quality of life and enhance Lake Stevens as a place to shop, play and stay, the city adopted subarea plans for the Lake Stevens Center, 20th Street SE Corridor and Lake Stevens Downtown. These plans will shape the long-term economic growth and residential development in these areas and are available for you to review, right here.

As part of this process, the city designated the subareas as planned action areas, which is an important tool to promote economic development. Planned action areas have received upfront environmental review allowing for an expedited permit review process.

Below are the common documents in the subarea planning as well as zoning and land use maps for the subareas.
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Common Documents

Subarea Land Use Regulations
Design Guidelines
Planned Action Process
Application Materials
Subarea Capital Facilities Plan
SEPA Addendum No. 1
SEPA Addendum No. 2

Lake Stevens Center

Lake Stevens Center is our oldest commercial district. This subarea is located at the intersection of two regional highways - SR 9 and SR 204 - and enjoys excellent transportation access.  The age of the subarea makes it a perfect opportunity for infill and redevelopment, and creating a traditional main street while utilizing the existing infrastructure and capitalizing on the subarea's views of the lake and mountains.



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20th Street SE Corridor

The 20th Street SE corridor is one of Washington's largest retail land development opportunities. More than 30 acres of land were studied on this corridor and have been identified as ideal for retail.  Lake Stevens has invested $4 million in road improvement projects to ensure sufficient access to retail development, and a new multi-recreational center at Cavelero Park will be new amenity for residents as well as a destination for extreme sports events.



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Downtown Lake Stevens Subarea

The Downtown Lake Stevens Subarea Plan focuses on revitalizing and expanding the core downtown area. The Plan is the result of a comprehensive two-year public process representing the vision set by the community to create a dynamic downtown that honors the past and looks to the future. 


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Downtown Subarea Plan
Final Environmental Impact Statement
Downtown Capital Facilities Plan