Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea
(formerly Hawk Property Subarea)
The Lakepointe property is a 214-acre property at the northern part of the city. When complete, according to the developer, Lakepointe will be a development with community gathering space, 850,000 sq. ft. of retail, 1,500+ residential units, many dining options, entertainment options, 90,000 sq. ft. of office space and a 20-acre lake. Learn more about the developer's plans at www.oakpointe.com/lakepointe.
*Photo courtesy of Oakpointe Communities.
Since 2012, the Covington community has been planning for the future development of what was once the Lakeside Gravel Mine. More background information on the planning and public involvement in the development of the Hawk Property Subarea Plan approved in 2013 and nonproject 2013 Planned Action EIS can be found by clicking here.
(Note: Lakepointe Covington Inc. (aka Oakpointe), the master developer of the subarea, has notified the city that they will be calling the future development in that area now undergoing mine reclamation “Lakepointe”.)
What is happening now?
Filling and Grading Activity
At this time the existing asphalt batch plant is continuing operation and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is overseeing the Surface Mine Reclamation Permit #70-011069(BlackRiver S&G) they issued in 2016, which authorizes surface mine reclamation within the Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea. The Master Developer has requested and been granted a Waiver with conditions from the City's Noise Control regulations to allow fill to be imported on-site associated with the DNR approved Reclamation Permit. Importing of fill during the extended work hours associated with reclamation is approved until December 31, 2021.
Covington Connector roadway construction is underway
October 13, 2020 was the ground breaking on Phase 1 of the Covington Connector roadway the first link in the eventual arterial connection between SR 516 and SR 18 through the Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea. Construction of the Covington Connector is divided into three phases: Phase 1 includes improvements to approximately 2.6 miles of existing the 204th Ave SE roadway between SR 516 and the southern boundary of the Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea; Phase 2 is the extension of the 204th improvements north then curving west through the subarea to a connection at the SR 18 and 256th interchange; and Phase 3 (which will actually start before Phase 2) includes improvements to the existing SR 18 interchange the majority of Phase 3 work will be located outside of the subarea boundaries and city limits. You can follow Phase 1 construction work by visiting the city's YouTube channel where we regularly post videos showing the progress of the 204th roadway improvements.
Additional information on the 204th roadway improvements can be found on the 204th Ave SE Update webpage.
Lakepointe 2018 Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments to Increase Maximum Allowed Development Thresholds - Approved by City Council at their June 8, 2021 public hearing (Ord. Nos. 04-2021 & 05-2021)
Amendments to Comprehensive Plan (LA18-0002/SEPA2018-09) - The Master Developer, Lakepointe Covington Inc. (aka Oakpointe), has requested amendments to the city's Comprehensive Plan that the City Council placed on the 2018 Docket, which was authorized by the City Council in May 2018 for further evaluation.
On November 14, 2018, there was an informational Community Update Meeting on the redevelopment of the Subarea and the request to increase the development thresholds. Over 50 members of the public attended this meeting. The city's powerpoint presentation & boards from this meeting can be viewed at the links below:
- 11/14/2018 City Display Boards
April 1, 2021 - Planning Commission Public Hearing
On April 1, 2021, Planning Commission held an online public hearing on the 2018 Lakepointe Covington Inc. proposed amendments (City File No. LA18-0002) to the Land Use and Economic Development Elements of the Comprehensive Plan and associated amendments to the Planned Action Ordinance No. 04-14, consistent with CMC 14.30.060 and WAC 197-11-535. At the conclusion of the public hearing the Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the proposed amendments for the City Council's consideration.
- Notice of 4/1/2021 Planning Commission Public Hearing
- Staff Memo for 4/1/2021 Planning Commission Public Hearing
- PowerPoint presentation provided by staff at the 4//1/2021 Public Hearing
June 8, 2021 - City Council Public Hearing
The Covington City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 during their regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The city council public hearing was held telephonically and virtually in compliance with state executive and legislative actions responding to the COVID-19 emergency. After considering the Planning Commission's recommendation, hearing the staff and applicant presentation and considering public comments regarding adoption of the Lakepointe 2018 Proposal to amend Covington’s 2015-2035 Comprehensive Plan to increase the maximum allowed dwelling units and commercial square footage within the Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea and amendments to the Planned Action Ordinance No. 04-14, the City Council approved two ordinances each by a 5-1 vote.
ORDINANCE NO. 04-2021 - amending the Land Use Element and Economic Development Element of the City of Covington's 2015-2035 Comprehensive Plan, City File Number. LA18-0002; amending Ordinance No. 02-2016; adopting findings of fact; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date.
ORDINANCE NO. 05-2021 - amending Ordinance No. 04-14, The Planned Action Ordinance for the Hawk Area Property, now referred to as the Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea; adopting findings of fact; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date.
- The City Council's agenda packet for the June 8th public hearing staff report can be found here: https://www.covingtonwa.gov/06-08-2021%20City%20Council%20Regular%20Meeting%20Agenda%20Packet.pdf
- Staff presentation at the June 8th meeting
The Lakepointe 2018 Proposal is a request to amend various sections of the Comprehensive Plan to increase the maximum housing and commercial square footage thresholds allowed within the Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea (e.g. allow up to 1,750 housing units and 1.32 million square feet of commercial development). The City determined a Supplemental EIS to be the appropriate document to evaluate the environmental impacts of the Lakepointe 2018 Proposal.
The Supplemental EIS is focused on elements of the environment that could change as a result of the Lakepointe 2018 Proposal. The master developer has stated the footprint or extent of development is not changing, and thus subjects that are dependent on the extent of development are not readdressed; rather the 2013 Planned Action EIS should be consulted. Where the proposal is changing such as with building form and land use mix, relevant environmental topics are to be addressed in the Supplemental EIS.
On February 2, 2021, the SEPA Official issued a Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental EIS, and a Community Meeting, with a 30-day comment period that ended at 5:00 p.m. on March 4, 2021. The Final Planned Action Supplemental EIS will be issued on Friday, May 28, 2021.
- Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental EIS
- Draft Supplemental Planned Action EIS
- Feb. 18, 2021 Community Meeting
- April 27, 2021 City Council briefing on the Planned Action SEIS process and public outreach
- Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental EIS
- Final Supplemental Planned Action EIS
2017 Development Agreement
At the City Council meeting on April 25, 2017, council members unanimously passed Ord. 02-2017 approving the Development Agreement.
Development Agreement Noticing and Processing Outline:
|Date of Submission||11/21/2016|
|Notice of Complete Applications/ Request for corrections and additional information||12/16/2016|
|Notice of Application||12/30/2016|
|21 Day Public Comment Period ends||1/20/2017|
|Revised application material submitted to city||2/2/2017|
|Master Developer presentation to the Planning Commission of the Lakepointe Urban Village Development Agreement, Zoning Map Amendment, and Boundary Line Adjustment||3/2/2017|
Planning Commission Public Hearing
Staff Memo to Planning Commission
- Supplemental Memo #1
- Supplemental Memo #2
Notice of Public Hearing
Issued Determination of Significance and Adoption of Existing Environmental Document including Addendum
|City Council Public Hearing
Agenda Item #1 Lakepointe Urban Village Public Hearing Blue Sheet
| City Council Meeting continued Deliberation & Decision
Agenda Item #1. Deliberation and Consideration of an Ordinance on the Lakepointe Urban Village Development Agreement, Zoning Map Amendment, and Boundary Line Adjustment.
|April 25, 2017|
Links to other related information:
- Boundary Line Adjustment recorded on July 13, 2017- Recording #20170713900001
- Ord. No. 02-2017 Exhibit A approved on April 25, 2017 Lakepointe Urban Village Development Agreement. (Development Agreement recorded with King County on August 17, 2017 - Recording #20170817001485)
- April 25, 2017 City Council Agenda Packet
- April 11, 2017 City Council Agenda Packet
- SEPA - Determination of Significance & adoption of existing Environmental Documents including Addendum issued on March 24, 2017
- SEPA - Addendum issued on April 11, 2017- related to noise
- March 16 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Packet
- March 2, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Packet
- Hawk Property Subarea Plan and Environmental Review
- Hawk Property Annexation
- 204th Ave SE Update - Frequently Asked Questions