John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager


Oct. 24, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Launches Commercial Property Listings Feature

Looking for available commercial property space in Lakewood? Look no further than .
The City’s Economic Development Department, working with , has launched a feature that lists available commercial property in Lakewood  that’s up for sale or for lease. No more searching different real estate sites or placing faith in ones that you’ve never heard of.

And it’s good for those selling or leasing property, too. Brokers and property owners can list their properties in Lakewood for free by simply registering  .
Each listing on the City of Lakewood’s website includes information such as:

  • Building Name/Address
  • Sale price/lease rate
  • Square footage
  • Year built/renovated
  • Number of buildings
  • Number of floors
  • Parking ratio
  • How long space has been on the market

Economic Development Manager Becky Newton says the feature is simply another way the City can help anyone who wants to or may be interested in investing in the community.
“We really want people to see the kinds of investment opportunities that are available in Lakewood,” she said. “We want to give people a one-stop shop to find opportunities, as well as to let them know that the City is here to assist them.”
To view the new feature, visit .

Police Chief Zaro Sworn Into Office

On Monday night, recently appointed Lakewood Police Chief Michael Zaro was sworn into office by Judge Grant Blinn. Several members of the Lakewood Police Department, as well as other members of the law enforcement community, attended the event. Afterward, Zaro addressed the audience: "I can't say 'Thank you' enough, particularly to the City Council and the City Manager, for having the faith in me to lead this department that I couldn't be more proud of." Click on the image to the right to view a YouTube clip of the ceremony.

Flood Hazard Overlay and Critical Areas Ordinance Update

The City of Lakewood is proposing changes to its Flood Hazard Overlay and Critical Areas Ordinance.

To meet the State and Federal mandates of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Endangered Species Act and the State Growth Management Act, and in order to continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program, the City is proposing amendments to their Flood Hazard Overlay and Critical Areas regulations.  To view the documents and maps associated with the proposed amendments click here: 

Documents and Maps

A public hearing before the Lakewood Planning Commission to take public testimony and consider the proposed amendments is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Sunday, Oct. 25: Walk The Waughop

Partners for Parks presents "Walk the Waughop" Walk-a-thon on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

Take a walk to support the restoration of the Waughop Lake Trail. This mile-long trail needs our help!  How can you help?  Take a walk, get pledges, make a donation, bring a friend to walk with you or just come out and show your support for the project by walking around the Lake. Everyone in the family can participate in this event.

Refreshments, entertainment and lots of community fun!  For more information check out   

City Council Updates State, Federal Priorities

On the heels of a historically successful 2015 Legislative session, the City of Lakewood continues to work with its State and Federal representatives on behalf of Lakewood residents.

It was that coordination and cooperation that benefitted Lakewood earlier this year, when the Legislature included $494.4 million worth of improvements to the I-5/JBLM corridor as part of its $16.1 billion transportation package. That was the top priority on the City of Lakewood’s legislative agenda, but the State also addressed every other item that was on the City’s list at the time, including funding for Point Defiance Bypass safety enhancements, Springbrook Park Bridge/Connector, Waughop Lake Trail at Fort Steilacoom Park and its policing program at Western State Hospital.

This month, the Lakewood City Council revised its documents related to its work with State and Federal representatives. They include:
•    Revised 2015-17 Biennial Agenda  
•    Revised Legislative Policy Manual  
•    Updated Federal Priorities

Some of the items on the City's list: Transferring ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park to the City, relocating a Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance facility to facilitate economic development opportunities along Pacific Highway S and supporting military affairs funding.

In terms of working with officials at the Federal government level, Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield are meeting with Washington State’s Congressional delegation this week in Washington D.C along with defense officials at the Pentagon. Priorities include working with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) regarding the North Clear Zone, requesting congressional support in asking AMTRAK to conduct an assessment to bring an AMTRAK station to the Lakewood and JBLM community, and seeking additional tools and legislation to be able to fund road and traffic improvements in our community.  

To learn more about the City of Lakewood’s State and Federal Priorities, click on any of the documents above.

City Council Roundup: Oct. 19, 2015

Here’s a roundup of actions that the Lakewood City Council took at its meeting Oct. 19, 2015 :

  • Community Vision Statement: The City Council officially adopted its Community Vision Statement, an effort that included significant public outreach via online community survey, meetings with community groups and an open community interactive workshop. Following this approval, the next steps are development of a work-plan to initiate actions and activities intended to support the identified community values and realize the goals identified in the Vision Statement. The City Council’s vision, i.e., what Lakewood will look like and be known for on its 30th Anniversary:
    • Inspired by its own sense of history and progress
    • Known for its safe and attractive neighborhoods, vibrant downtown, active arts and cultural communities
    • Sustained by robust economic growth and job creation
    • Recognized for the excellence of its public and private schools, and its community and technical colleges
    • Characterized by the beauty of its lakes, parks and natural environment
    • Acknowledged for excellence in the delivery of municipal services
    • Leveraging and embracing of our diversity
    • Supportive of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Camp Murray, servicemembers and their families
  • Community Gathering Space: The City Council approved a recommended location for a gathering space concept at Fort Steilacoom Park, as well as instructed the City Manager to develop design options, cost estimate, business plan and funding plan for an enclosed structure. Following an extensive public process, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended the City Council consider the "enclosed structure" design option for the community gathering space, near Angle Lane Southwest and the playground. The preferred location is the area used during the SummerFEST celebration for the community stage, and this area can support small or large groups with minimal impacts to other park operations.
  • Legislative Agenda, Policy Manual and Federal Priorities: The City Council officially updated its 2015-17 Legislative Agenda, Legislative Policy Manual and Federal Priorities. As previously reported, all of the Legislative items were addressed in the most recent session, so updates were necessary. The Legislative Policy Manual has been updated and includes new items that reflect accomplishments from the previous session. The City of Lakewood’s approach in working with our state legislators is to place the city in a position to pursue key policy and legislative issues that are important to our community. It is important that the city continues its partnership with our State and Federal delegation to discuss and develop a legislative agenda that represents the interest of our community and advances our community’s legislative priorities. To view the full list of priorities, click here .

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Monday night, the City Council recognized the wonderful young artists featured in the 2015-2016 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar from Idlewild Elementary School. Great job, everybody!

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Truck and Tractor Day Video

Were you unable to attend ‪Lakewood Truck and Tractor Day 2015 on Oct. 17 at Fort Steilacoom Park? You can check out some sights and sounds from the day's festivities by clicking on the image to the right. You can also check out this photo album that the City posted on its Facebook page.

Economic Development

Business Showcase: Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory

On Monday night, the City Council recognized Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, which is celebrating its 100th year, as its Business Showcase for October 2015 . Mountain View is a Lakewood institution, and how Mayor Don Anderson described it, its longest-standing business. Here's a glimpse of Mountain View's story"

The manicured grounds of Mountain View Funeral Home & Crematory seemingly whisper a century’s worth of South Sound history.

The cemetery boasts some of the region’s most noted figures. From Harry L. Brown, co-founder of the Brown & Haley candy company, to Marcus Nalley, founder of the Nalley food company, and from Ben Cheney, owner of Cheney Lumber who helped standardize the 2-by-4, to Jose Calugas, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II, individuals who shaped the region and country rest eternally among Mountain View’s sprawling grounds off Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest.

But the region’s historical celebrities mingle amongst thousands of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and friends who have come and gone. James Richard Thompson started Mountain View Memorial Park in 1915 to “provide a service for the community that was badly needed,” according to General Manager Clarke Thomson. The first burials took place Dec. 15, 1915 – three people, to be exact. 

Read the full Business Showcase.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 26, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

October 26, 2015 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Municipal Court update
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of Habitat for Humanity amended agreement for low-income housing
  • Review of City of Fife jail services contract
  • 3rd Qtr. Police Report
  • Review of Lakewood Sister Cities Association


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 2, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 2, 2015 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation recognizing November as Veterans Appreciation month
  • Appoint a member to the Arts Commission.
  • Appoint members to the Community Services Advisory Board
  • Public hearing on 2016 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2015-2016 biennial budget amendments
  • Public hearing on Transportation Benefit District assumption
  • Approve Lakewood Sister Cities guidelines and criteria
  • Approve Habitat for Humanity amended agreement for low-income housing
  • Adopt ILAs with UP, Steilacoom, DuPont for court services
  • Approve City of Fife jail services contract
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Approve DSHS WSH Community Partnership agreement
  • Reports by City Manager – Review of JLUS Report and Review of satellite parking requirements update