Preliminary Plat.
Staff Procedure.
Notice to Agencies.
Determination of Completeness.
Public Notice.

All application fees are set by separate Resolution. (Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)


A preliminary plat of a proposed subdivision or dedication of land located in the City shall be submitted to the City Community Development Department, and shall include a completed application, application fee, seven (7) paper copies, one 11” X 17” paper copy, and one (1) reproducible electronic copy of the proposed preliminary plat, a list of adjacent landowners as specified herein, and a completed Environmental Checklist. For purposes of RCW 58.17.033, a complete application for preliminary plat approval must contain the information and documents required by the following section. (Ord. 591 § 21, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)

17.10.025Preliminary Plat.

A. Application Submittal. Any property owner wishing to subdivide land into ten (10) or more lots, tracts, sites or divisions, the applicant shall file with the City Community Development Department one 8-1/2” x 11” clear plastic reduction, one 11” X 17” reduced paper copy, and seven (7) legible paper copies of the preliminary plat map on sheets 18” x 24” in size. Preliminary plat maps shall include, or be accompanied by the following:

1. A completed general application form and environmental checklist. Said form and checklist to be obtained from the Community Development Department.

2. The filing fee required pursuant to the City ordinance adopting building and development related permit fees schedule, and in accordance with the fee schedule available from the Community Development Department.

3. Names and addresses of all property owners within 300 feet of the subject property, available from the County Assessor’s Office. This requirement may be waived if the City provides the list of adjacent landowners.

4. A vicinity map extending at least 800 feet in each direction from the proposed subdivision, or further if necessary to assist in locating the subdivision. The vicinity map shall be drawn to a scale of one inch equals 800 feet (1”:800’). The vicinity map shall show the following:

a. Street layout in the subdivision;

b. Existing and tentatively approved street layout within 800 feet of the subdivision;

c. Zoning designations within, and adjacent to, the subdivision;

d. All property lines within 800 feet of the subdivision;

e. Streams or watercourses, and public facilities such as schools and parks;

f. All 100-year floodplain and designated shoreline boundaries in, and within 800 feet of, the proposed subdivision;

g. Any other pertinent information that will assist in locating the proposed subdivision.

5. A title block in the lower right corner of the preliminary plat map, showing:

a. The proposed name of the subdivision;

b. The scale of the drawing;

c. The date of the drawing;

d. The name and address of the engineer, surveyor or other individual responsible for laying-out the subdivision.

6. A detailed plan of the proposed subdivision drawn to the scale of one inch equals 50 feet (1”:50’# or larger) The detailed plan shall clearly show the following information:

a. North arrow;

b. The location, names and right-of-way widths of all existing and proposed streets and driveways within 250 feet of the boundaries of the proposed subdivision;

c. The location, names and right-of-way widths of all proposed streets and their proposed paved width;

d. Lot layout with lot line dimensions, the area in the square feet contained in each lot;

e. The location and use of all existing buildings within the proposed subdivision, indicating which buildings are to remain and which are to be removed;

f. The use and approximate location of all buildings within 150 feet of the boundaries of the proposed subdivision;

g. The location, size and use of all contemplated and existing public areas within the proposed subdivision, and a description of the adaptability of the area for uses contemplated;

h. The location, size and kind of public utilities in and adjacent to the proposed subdivision, indicating those utilities which will provide service to the proposed development and their planned location within the subdivision to include any existing easements;

i. Location and disposition of any wells, creeks, drainage courses, drainageways, septic tanks, drainfields, 100-year floodplain boundaries and easements in or within 200 feet of the proposed subdivision;

j. Topography and five-foot contours certified by the engineer or surveyor within the proposed subdivision; or, as an alternative in the case of a partition of one (one) acre or less, elevations at each existing and proposed property corner. One foot or two foot contours may be required, at the Community Development Director’s discretion;

k. Topography and at least ten foot contours outside, but within 200 feet of, the proposed subdivision. The base for such information shall be the National Geodetic Survey (U.S.G.S.), or other survey approved by the Community Development Director;

l. The location of all significant trees (as defined in the Lakewood Zoning Code) within the proposed subdivision, and for 150 feet beyond the terminus of all dead-end streets (Individual trees in a stand of five trees or more need not be shown, but the area covered by the stand dripline shall be shown. For trees outside the subdivision boundaries, the location of said trees may be based on aerial photographs or other methods acceptable to the Community Development Director, and which do not require the applicant to trespass on adjacent property;

m. For all 100-year floodplain boundaries shown on the vicinity map, the elevation of the 100-year flood at the point immediately upstream from the subdivision, and the direction and distance to said point;

n. The location of identified hazards or development limitation areas identified by the City of Lakewood Critical Areas Map;

o. The location of any state shorelines and associated wetlands within the subdivision, as defined by State law and the City of Lakewood Shoreline Master Program.

7. Profiles of all proposed streets within the proposed subdivision, showing grades to which the streets will be built, and the existing groundline of the proposed streets including the probable future extensions of any stub (dead-end) streets for a maximum distance of 150 feet beyond the proposed subdivision boundaries. As an alternative, the preliminary plat map may show topography in two foot (2’) contours within 50 feet of each side of the centerline of all probable future extensions of any stub (dead-end) streets for a distance of 150 feet beyond the boundaries of the proposed subdivision. The contour information shall be certified by a registered engineer or surveyor.

8. Slope analysis indicating areas where existing grades within the subdivision exceed 15%, 25% and 40%. The percentage and area in square feet of the subdivision with slopes of 0 - 15%, 15 - 25%, 25 - 40% and 40% and above categories.

9. Such additional information as the Community Development Director deems necessary. (Ord. 591 § 22, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)

17.10.030Staff Procedure.

If the preliminary plat, as filed, is consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan, and is in conformance with all of the City's land use codes and is otherwise acceptable in form and substance, the Community Development Department shall receive the application and shall promptly forward copies of the preliminary plan to appropriate governmental agencies for their review.

If the application is not consistent with the comprehensive plan land use designation, the application shall be returned to the applicant, and shall not be accepted unless the comprehensive plan land use designation is amended to be consistent with the proposed subdivision. (Ord. 591 § 23, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)

17.10.040Notice to Agencies.

A. Notice of Filing. Notice of the filing of a preliminary plat shall be given to the State, municipalities, public utilities and school districts in the following cases and manner:

1. When a proposed subdivision which contemplates the use of any public utilities, notice shall be given to the public utilities governing body.

2. When a proposed subdivision which is to be located adjacent to the right-of-way of a State highway, notice shall be given to the State Department of Highways or its successor.

3. Notice shall be given to the school district within which the subdivision is proposed.

4. When the proposed subdivision lies within a designated flood control zone pursuant to Title 86 RCW, notification shall be given to the Department of Ecology of the State of Washington, or its successor.

5. When a subdivision is located within the jurisdiction of the Shoreline Management Act, notification shall be given to the Department of Ecology of the State of Washington, or its successor.

Notice of filing as above required shall be accomplished by the Community Development Director or his authorized designees notifying the proper agencies by letter of the proposed subdivision filing, which letter shall include its legal description, a small map showing location, subdivision acreage, number of home or building lots. The City may require that any review fees payable to outside agencies be made directly with that agency prior to submittal of the preliminary plat application. The initial review by the departments/agencies of the proposed plat shall be completed within fifteen (15) calendar days, unless, upon the request of the Community Development Department, the applicant consents to an extension of such time period. Each department or official shall either recommend approval, disapproval, or revision of the preliminary plat within the fifteen day initial review period.

The reviewing departments shall have a fourteen (14) day review period to consider any revised plans. At the conclusion of the review period, the reviewing department directors or authorized representatives shall recommend approval, approval with conditions, or denial of the preliminary plat.

B. The City shall provide a Notice of Public Hearing to all agencies commenting on a project and to the Washington State Departments of Transportation and Ecology when notice is required to be given to such agencies because of a project’s location near flood hazard areas or state highways. Said notice shall be mailed or delivered at least fourteen (14) days before the date for the initial hearing. (Ord. 591 § 24, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)

17.10.050Determination of Completeness.

Within 28 days of receiving an application for preliminary plat approval containing all information required by Section 17.10.020 of this Code, the Community Development Department shall issue a determination of completeness or incompleteness as required by RCW 36.70B.070. The Community Development Department is responsible for complying with all other requirements of RCW 36.70B.070, provided that any applicable time limitations for processing an application, including time limits set forth in RCW 36.70B, RCW 58.17, LMC Title 18A, or this title, shall be tolled while the applicant responds to requests for revision or additional information within the timeframes set forth in this section. (Ord. 591 § 25, 2015; Ord. 60 § 1 (part), 1996.)

17.10.060Public Notice.

Upon receipt of a complete application, a Notice of Application shall be given as required by RCW 36.70B and LMC 18A.02.670. Public notice is also required as part of the environmental review process under SEPA. SEPA notices shall be issued as required by WAC 197-11-340, and may be combined with the Notice of Application as provided for in WAC 197-11-355.

A Notice of Public Hearing shall be issued prior to the public hearing as required by RCW 58.17.090 and LMC 18A.02.700. Notice shall be mailed, posted and first published not less than fifteen (15) nor more than thirty (30) days prior to the public hearing requiring the notice. (Ord. 591 § 26, 2015.)