PLANNING & ZONING
Site Plan Review Committee
Site Plan Review Process
If you are planning a commercial development, an industrial development, a public building, or a multi-family development of greater than two (2) dwelling units, your project will be reviewed by the Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC).
Lacey’s Municipal Code requires that the Committee review and approve site plans before issuing building permits for any of the developments mentioned above (Chapter 16.84 of the Lacey Municipal Code).
The SPRC includes the Director of Community Development and Director of Public Works; and receives input and assistance from representatives of the City’s Planning, Building, Engineering, Utilities, and Fire Departments, and meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Step 1. You should review the following information, available at the Community Development and Public Works counters at Lacey City Hall, which may be applicable to your property:
- Sewer and water availability (including capacity)
- Requirements for water and sewer charges, including "latecomer fees" (a charge levied as intervening properties connect to a new line in order for the original installer to be reimbursed for most of the original installation cost)
- Location of fire hydrants
- Flood hazard maps
- Any other land use regulations which apply to your property (example: If your project is near a body of water, you may also need a shoreline permit)
The Public Works and Planning staff will be available to assist you in any way possible.
Step 2. Presubmission Conference
Apply for a presubmission conference at the Community Development Department. At this conference, you meet with all affected City departments who will review your preliminary plans and tell you what standards you must comply with and what their concerns are for your particular property. There is no charge for this process.
Step 3. Formal Application
Submit your formal application and fees for Site Plan Review to the Community Development Department. Fees are variable based on estimated cost of the project. Your application must contain 14 copies of the following:
- General Land Use Application
- Site Plan Review Application
- Site plan drawing at a scale of not less than 1 inch to 50 feet, showing location and size of existing and proposed uses, buffers, easements, utilities, storm drainage systems, access design, parking areas, and topography of site
- Environmental checklist and current fee, when required
- Vicinity map
Step 4. The Planning Department sends the application package to affected city and county departments and interested agencies for their review and comments and provides public notice of the application.
Step 5. Formal Review
Site Plan Review results in a written approval, conditional approval, or denial of the application. State law dictates that a decision is required within 120 days from the date the application was deemed complete. However, the typical SPR process takes approximately 45 days. Additional time to review the project may be required if any additional information or studies are required to complete the City's review. Also, if the formal application has not been preceded by information and/or a Presubmission Conference, it may require additional staff review time and may require substantial design revision.
Step 6. The decision of the SPRC shall be final unless appealed to the Hearings Examiner within fourteen (14) days of the SPRC decision. An affected party may appeal the Hearings Examiner's decision to the City Council. The Council's review of the appeal is a closed-record appeal based solely on information in the record.