The City of Lakewood will host a community meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 in the Council Chambers (6000 Main Street SW) to obtain community input as a first step in designing a formal street ends policy. An open house will start at 6pm and precede the meeting which will run from 7-9pm. Citizens will be able to review aerial photos of all lakefront street ends during the open house and during the meeting itself. Light refreshments will be served. Citizens will be encouraged to provide written and verbal comments before and during the meeting.
The city has retained a local firm, Merritt Architecture, to assist with facilitating this public process. James Merritt is a highly respected local architect who facilitated the very successful Fort Steilacoom Park master planning process. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation to describe the process, identify critical issues, and note specific constraints of State law. Lakefront street ends are publicly owned rights-of-way that terminate on the shores of our lakes. Discussions will be limited to Lakewood’s four largest lakes: American Lake, Gravelly Lake, Steilacoom Lake, and Lake Louise.
This will be the first of several public meetings that will culminate with a presentation to the Lakewood City Council sometime in early 2008. The City Council will be asked to adopt a formal street ends policy that respects property rights and addresses the public’s desire for lakefront access where appropriate. The City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will participate in the meeting and help shape the policy before it reaches the Planning Advisory Board and the City Council for final consideration.