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. SEPA Thresholds
  2. Marijuana Buffer Amendment
  3. Permissible Use Table Update
  4. Multi-family Tax Exemption

SEPA Thresholds Update

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) evaluates potential environmental impacts associated with governmental decisions such as building permits, land use applications, and code amendments. WAC 197-11-800 includes a list of categorical exemptions for minor new construction (projects exempt from SEPA environmental review) and provides a process for cities to adopt higher flexible thresholds if it can demonstrate that adequate local, state and federal regulations are in place to mitigate any potential environmental impacts for newly exempt projects. 

On October 21, 2020, Planning Commission held its first work session to discuss the potential adoption of flexible categorical exemption thresholds for minor new construction. The Commission held additional work sessions on December 2, 2020, January 20, 2021, and March 3, 2021, while the City Council held a separate work session on February 16, 2021. At the conclusion of their March 3, 2021 meeting, commissioners recommended that the city amend LSMC 16.04.045 to adopt the flexible thresholds included under the "Regulations" column in the table below. 

On April 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing via the Zoom online platform (meeting link) on the proposed adoption of SEPA flexible thresholds (LUA2021-0033). A copy of the Notice of Public Hearing is included in the right column of the table below, and the proposed code language, staff report, and findings can be found in the meeting packet. The Planning Commission's recommendation will then be forwarded on to the City Council, which is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on May 11, 2011.

For more information or to provide public comment, please contact David Levitan at dlevitan@lakestevenswa.gov.. 

Code Development Process (Permit # LUA2021-0033)
RegulationsState Environmental Policy ActPublic Notice
Proposed Amendments to LSMC 16.04.045SEPA Checklist and DNSNotice of Public Hearing and SEPA Threshold Determination