Community Development Advisory Boards

Planning Advisory Board

Lakewood’s Planning Advisory Board (PAB) acts as its planning commission under state law. The PAB advises the City Council on long-range planning including the comprehensive plan, development regulations, zoning, and any special projects the Council may ask for input about.

The PAB is comprised of seven members and meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, as workload requires. Study sessions for pending topics are often scheduled for second and fourth Wednesdays.

The PAB is asked to take up a wide variety of topics related to land use. The Board does not have any final decision-making powers and is involved with policy-level decisions only, not decisions on individual development projects. Typically, the Board holds public hearings related to planning matters on behalf of the City Council, then goes on to develop recommendations to the City Council for its action.

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Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board

The Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board advises the City Council, the City Manager and City staff on effective measures to protect and preserve historical landmarks in Lakewood.

The Board is primarily responsible for establishing procedures for designation and preservation of landmarks, including conducting public hearings on nominations for potential historic designation; reviewing applications for certificates of appropriateness on properties already designated; and approving, denying, amending or terminating the designation of a historic resource as a landmark or community landmark after a public hearing.

CDBG Citizens Advisory Board

The Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board (CDBG/CAB) advises the Lakewood City Council on matters related to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs.

CDBG is one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.

HOME provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.

The CDBG/CAB recommends funding programs to the City Council programs usingCDBG HOME funding allocations, including development of housing strategies. On behalf of the City Council, the Board conducts public hearings and receives public comments to identify community and housing needs and development of proposed activities. They develop recommendations for the Consolidated Plan, Action Plan and other related documents.