What's the latest?
The Vision The City of Lake Forest Park has undertaken an intensive community engagement process with more than 30 meetings and workshop sessions in recent months (illustrated in the chart below). At these meetings, residents provided hundreds of ideas and comments about what they would like to see at Town Center in the future.
The City collected input on the Draft Vision between April 9 and April 26, 2018. Comments were collected at the Open House on April 12, City Council meeting on April 12, and online via comment form and email. The final Vision is available in the Project Library.
Next Steps After final adoption at their meeting on May 24, City Council will forward the Vision to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission’s job will be to draft and integrate provisions into the City Code to support and implement the Vision’s goals and policies.
As a follow on effort to the development of the Vision, the City will be updating design and development guidelines for the Town Center area that eventually will be adopted into the code. The City will also analyze the level of improvements needed related to transportation, utilities, public services, and other infrastructure to support implementation of the Vision. State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) compliant planning and analysis will be completed. The Planning Commission will review draft design and development guidelines and code amendments, as well as the SEPA compliance documentation, and forward these provisions to City Council for formal adoption when completed. The anticipated timeline for these next steps is shown in this chart.
What is the Town Center Vision?
Through the Town Center Vision, the community has the opportunity to influence how the City will keep pace with its growing population and set the course for an enduring, transit- and people-oriented Town Center that's consistent with Lake Forest Park's values.
2004: The City completed Sustaining a Livable Lake Forest Park: The Future of our Town Center, which recommended transitioning Town Center from a shopping center to a mixed-use center with housing, retail, commercial, and public spaces.
2006: The City adopted design guidelines and regulations to implement the 2004 plan’s vision. The City was discussing with the owners of the Town Center shopping center the possibility of redeveloping it into a mixed-use center when the economic downturn hit, rendering the project economically unfeasible.
2016: The $6.9 million Lyon Creek Project replaced undersized culverts, restored a half-mile of streambed, rebuilt a park, and added a new park, resolving flooding issues and showcasing the potential for waterways to serve as a feature of Town Center.
2016: The City undertook Safe Streets and Safe Highways, two mobility studies aimed at creating safe, multimodal connections to Town Center and the SR 522 transit corridor as well as making SR 522 and SR 104 more accommodating to transit, pedestrians, and cyclists.
2017: Healthy Creeks is a salmon runs recovery study and preliminary design project that will add another 1.5 miles of barrier-free passage through Town Center.
2017-2024: As part of the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 (ST3) package, Sound Transit will plan and build a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Lake Forest Park, better connecting the City to the region. It will include a stop at Town Center, 25 blocks of sidewalks along SR 522, and a 300-vehicle park-and-ride garage.