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DETERMINATION OF SIGNIFICANCE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON SCOPE OF EIS

 

Description of Proposal

The City has commissioned the preparation of a subarea plan for Downtown Lakewood. The plan will build up past planning efforts and describe a vision, land use and design, gathering places, infrastructure investments, and other action strategies for Lakewood’s central business district or “Downtown”. Comprehensive Plan land use, policy, and capital facility plan amendments, new form-based zoning standards, and upfront environmental review through a Planned Action consistent with RCW 43.21c.440 and SEPA rules in WAC 197-11 are anticipated to help bring about desired change and development.

Proponent

City of Lakewood

Location of Proposal

The Downtown Plan Study Area is approximately 315 acres (parcel area), and contains the central shopping area of the community including the Colonial District and Towne Center Mall. Major roads include Bridgeport Way SW and Gravelly Lake Drive SW, and 100th Street SW. The Study Area is bounded approximately by Fairlawn Drive SW and Kiwanis Park on the north, 59th Avenue SW and Lakewood Drive W to the east, 112th Street SW on the South, and Gravelly Lake Drive SW to the west, including property fronting on both sides of the roadway.

Lead Agency

EIS Required. The lead agency has determined this proposal is likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is required under RCW 43.21C.030 (2)(c) and will be prepared. An environmental checklist or other materials indicating likely environmental impacts can be reviewed at our offices and the project website: https://www.lakewooddowntownplan.org/ .

The lead agency has identified the following areas for discussion in the EIS: Natural Environment; Population, Employment, and Housing; Transportation; Land Use and Plans and Policies; and Public Services and Utilities. Alternatives are anticipated to include a No Action alternative required by SEPA assuming the current plans and codes remain, and two action alternatives that address different levels of growth and infrastructure investment options. A project website (https://www.lakewooddowntownplan.org/ ) contains background information about the proposal and schedule.

Scoping. Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.

The method and deadline for giving us your comments is: Submit comments by 5 pm, December 29, 2017 to the Responsible Official.

Responsible Official

David Bugher, Assistant City Manager for Development/Community Development Director
Community Development Department | 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499