Lacey Council starts ‘visioning session’ for 2025 Comprehensive Plan update


The Lacey City Council kicked off a "visioning session" aimed at establishing key priorities for the upcoming 2025 Comprehensive Plan update during a recent work session on Tuesday, February 27.

Lacey Planning Manager Ryan Andrews said this critical update, which is expected to be conducted in phases, is essential for addressing changes in land use, population growth, and relevant updates in legislative requirements.

In preparation for the public engagement phase, the City Council is expected to participate in visioning sessions to define priorities for the plan.

“It's very important that we get the broad community input as well, but we want to make sure that the council is brought along through this process,” said Andrews.

He added that these sessions guide the Council in establishing priorities within the framework of the Growth Management Act (GMA) and other legislative requirements.

City staff have been collecting data to inform the development of this crucial plan, with a timeline of activities, including data gathering from August to December 2023.

The 2025 Comprehensive Plan will cover various critical elements, including Land Use, Housing, Transportation, Environment/Climate Change, Utilities, Economic Development, Capital Facilities Plan, Public Participation, Parks, Culture and Recreation, and Stormwater Plan.

Under the mandate of RCW 36.70A, also known as GMA, cities and counties across the state must conduct a mandatory review and update of their Comprehensive Plans and development regulations at least once every ten years.

For Lacey, this update encompasses the city limits and the unincorporated portions of the Lacey Urban Growth Area, with a statutory deadline of June 30, 2025.


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