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February 10, 2011 .
Matt Herrera 
Associate Planner 

Help Give the Twin Lakes “Sub-Area” a Healthy Makeover 

Do you have a vision for public improvements and zoning changes to make the business area around 21st Avenue SW and SW Campus Drive healthier? The City of Federal Way is looking for neighbors, business owners and citizens who’d like to participate in shaping the new Twin Lakes “sub-area” plan.

“Public participation is critical to developing a plan that reflects the community’s values, and the real day-to-day needs of businesses, residents and other users of the neighborhood,” said project planner Matt Herrera. “The sub-area plan provides the tools to turn that community vision into reality.”

The Community and Economic Development Department is preparing the sub-area plan during 2011 and early 2012. If adopted by the City Council, the sub-area plan will become a component of the Federal Way Comprehensive Plan – a planning document that shapes the city’s growth for the next twenty years.

The sub-area plan influences an area through zoning and development regulations that determine land use patterns and the types of stores, restaurants, and housing that can locate in the area. The plan also drives goals for public improvements, such as transportation and parks that have a significant affect on quality of life.
City staff and consultants will facilitate 4 to 5 evening neighborhood meetings during the year to gather input from citizens, businesses, and stakeholders. City staff is preparing a list of interested stakeholders to notify of upcoming meetings. The City is inviting residents to participate in an online survey found on the project web page at

If you would like to become a stakeholder or have any questions about the process, please contact Planner Matt Herrera at 253-835-2638 or

Funding to undertake the Twin Lakes sub-area plan is made possible through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant administered by Public Health – Seattle & King County. CPPW funds support policies that promote healthy and active lifestyles.

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