Explanation of Preliminary Plat and Final Plat Approval.
Plans Required.
Recommendations on Street, Drainage, Utility and Fire Systems.
17.06.010Explanation of Preliminary Plat and Final Plat Approval.

The City of Lakewood utilizes a two part review procedure for subdivision projects. The first part- the preliminary plat- is used to communicate the scope and specific details of the proposed subdivision. Environmental review under SEPA is performed at this stage. Specific requirements for the implementation of the subdivision are crafted in response review comments by responsible agencies and the environmental review.

A preliminary plat application is acted upon by the City’s hearing examiner. The hearing examiner’s decision is the primary discretionary action by the City on the subdivision proposal. After final conclusion with regard to the preliminary plat, the developer is required to install subdivision improvements and utilities, and take other actions as required by the conditions of approval of the preliminary plat in order to implement the subdivision.

Upon completion of required infrastructure improvements and satisfaction of the requirements of the preliminary plat approval, the applicant shall file a final map following the procedures in Chapter 17.16 of this title. The proposed final plat map is reviewed by the Community Development Director and City Engineer for conformance with the terms of the preliminary plat approval. The City Council shall thereafter review the final plat as indicated in LMC 17.16.040.

Upon review and approval by the City Council, the final map shall be signed by all responsible agencies and shall be duly recorded with Pierce County. Legal lots are created upon recordation of the final plat map. (Ord. 591 § 18, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)

17.06.020Plans Required.

Whenever it is essential for purposes of evaluating environmental or other concern, the City Community Development Director or City Engineer may require the developer to submit certain specific concept drawings or studies (e.g. traffic impact analysis) prior to preliminary plat approval. (Ord. 591 § 19, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)

17.06.030Recommendations on Street, Drainage, Utility and Fire Systems.

The City Engineer, the County Health Officer, utility providers, and the Fire Chief shall review and communicate to the Hearing Examiner their respective recommendations as to the adequacy of the proposed street system, storm drainage, sewage disposal, water supply and other utility systems, and fire protection services for the subdivision. The recommendations of the City Engineer, the County Health Officer and the Fire Chief shall become part of the record and shall be included with the Hearing Examiner's decision. (Ord. 591 § 20, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)