Lakewood planner presenting at a public meeting.

Welcome to the Lakewood Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for all current and future planning and zoning to manage growth and development in the city of Lakewood. The Planning Department consists of three divisions which are Comprehensive Planning, Development Assistance, and Sustainability. The Planning Department works closely with other city departments to facilitate appropriate land development that respects the character of Lakewood's many unique neighborhoods, provides for a healthy economic base and enhances the quality of life in our community. 

Learn more about our coordinated Planning and Development Assistance process by contacting our Planner of the Day.

Proposed Development at 777 S. Yarrow St.

Frequently Asked Questions

1225 S. Wadsworth

Find out the latest about development at 1225 S. Wadsworth.

Comprehensive Plan Update

Throughout 2024 and 2025 Lakewood is updating the City's Comprehensive Plan. Visit our project page to see all the details.

A citywide cross-departmental group called the Development Assistance Team, or DAT, oversees the efficient and thorough review of all development proposals. DAT is an internal weekly staff meeting to coordinate the review of all development proposals in Lakewood. Contact the Planner of the Day to discuss your project. For larger projects, waivers, or variances, you will need to meet with staff before you submit an application.

Visit the Development Assistance page for information regarding: eTRAKiT, Building and Construction Permits, Develop in Lakewood, Zoning and Standards, Zoning Review, Zoning and Planning Handouts, Project Maps and FAQ/Resources.

Community Plans

Learn how the City's Comprehensive Plan, implementation plans and citywide plans provide goals and action steps to enhance Lakewood's livability and guide land-use decisions, sustainability, and quality development in the city.

Throughout 2024 and 2025 Lakewood is updating the City's Comprehensive Plan. Visit our project page to see all the details

Community Programs and Initiatives

Learn more about Lakewood's Community Programs including the Community Development Block Grant program, Historic Preservation, the 40 West Arts District, and other programs.   

Our Neighborhoods 

Learn how your organization can stay actively involved and receive up to date information from the City. Homeowners Associations, Neighborhood Organizations, or Business Organizations are all encouraged to register with the City of Lakewood.  

View Lakewood's current registered Homeowners Associations, Neighborhood Organizations,and Business Organizations.  

The city of Lakewood offers grants of up to $60,000 to qualifying Lakewood neighborhoods through its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP).  Applications for the 2022 program year will be available on December 1, 2021. 

The City of Lakewood Sustainability Division is committed to creating a culture where community leaders, businesses and residents recognize that the vibrancy of our environmental, social and economic systems are interdependent and work together to ensure that Lakewood remains a healthy, thriving place for generations to come.

Lakewood has a number of exciting sustainability programs and initiatives. Explore what's happening throughout the city and how you can get involved.

Historic Preservation

Learn about Historic Preservation and the comprehensive program for maintaining the City's cultural resources and celebrating its heritage. 

Historic Preservation Commission

Learn more about the Historic Preservation Commission.

View Agendas and Meetings 

The City of Lakewood Planning Department staffs four appointed boards and commissions. To find out more about upcoming meetings and agenda information, please visit each board or commission's webpage. 

Lakewood Speaks - Can't Make it to the public meeting? Comment online.
View Lakewood Speaks 2019 Analytics and Participation Information.(PDF, 399KB)  

You are invited to attend the public hearing or participate online at and express your comments on these cases.  You may submit written comments regarding the cases online or in person to the secretary to the Planning Commission until 5 p.m. the day prior to the hearing. After that time, comments may be submitted orally or in writing to the Planning Commission at the 7 p.m. hearing.

Planning Commission

Planning Commission Information

Meetings, Agendas, Minutes and Resolutions

Board of Adjustment

Board of Adjustment Information

Meetings, Agendas, Minutes and Resolutions

Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Information

Meetings, Agendas, Minutes and Resolutions

Design Review Commission

Design Review Information

Meetings, Agendas, Minutes and Resolutions