Planning Commission

About the Planning Commission

The Lake Forest Park Planning Commission provides recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for changes and updates to the Comprehensive Plan, zoning code, and land use policies. As citizen representatives, commissioners recommend programs and policies according to the needs and values of the community. The Planning Commission is required by law, and is governed by state statute and city ordinance.

Meeting Dates

At this time, all meetings are held virtually.

Click here for instructions on how to provide Citizen Comments and Public Hearing Comments at virtual meetings.

All meetings are open to the public.                    

  • Regular Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month at 7pm
  • City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE (typically in the Forest Room, but room may vary)
Planning Commissioners looking at Town Center Plans

Agendas and Materials

Please note that all meeting materials from March 2019 forward can be found on Town Center Process page.  Other Commission meeting material are available at YourLFP’s Town Center Code Update Reference’s Dropbox page.

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Current Commissioners


  • Maddy Larson


  • T.J. Fudge 
  • Ira Gross
  • Steve Morris
  • Rachael Katz (Vice Chair) 
  • Jon Lebo
  • Joel Painser
  • Richard Saunders

Links to Projects 

Work Plans

Annual Reports

City Council Liaison:

  • Tom French (interim)

City Staff: 

  • Stephen Bennett, Planning Director
  • Nick Holland, Senior Planner
  • Lauren Hoerr, Assistant Planner

How to Join

Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor. Members of the Planning Commission serve for three years. If you are interested in serving on the commission, please contact the Mayor at City Hall, 206-368-5440. For more information about the Planning Commission, contact Stephen Bennett, Planning Director at 206-957-2812.