The Union Neighborhood Vision Plan

Union Boulevard, from West Sixth Avenue to West Alameda Avenue, is an active, busy area with office buildings, hotels, apartments, restaurants and numerous other businesses. Changes in the neighborhood and what’s in store for its future have prompted concerns and community conversations about this high-profile area. As a result, Lakewood is launching a community planning effort called the Union Neighborhood Vision Plan to work with the neighborhood to develop a long-range vision for the future.

The goal of this planning effort is to discuss how the neighborhood would like to see the area evolve over the next 20 years, and it will cover the following topics:

  • How should the neighborhood function?
  • What type of uses for the land should be encouraged?
  • What should the design of the buildings look like?
  • What types of amenities are important to enhance the neighborhood?
  • Do there need to be changes to make walking in the neighborhood easier and safer?

We want to involve those who live and work in this neighborhood to develop this plan. This website will help residents, business owners and community members participate in this process and keep them informed about how their ideas and comments are shaping the plan.

You can participate in a number of ways:

  • Attend upcoming community meetings.
  • Take online surveys (click here).
  • Visit the “Ask a Question” section (click here).
  • Visit this site regularly for survey and meeting summaries.
  • Subscribe to this project to receive email updates (right side toolbar).


Union Boulevard, from West Sixth Avenue to West Alameda Avenue, is an active, busy area with office buildings, hotels, apartments, restaurants and numerous other businesses. Changes in the neighborhood and what’s in store for its future have prompted concerns and community conversations about this high-profile area. As a result, Lakewood is launching a community planning effort called the Union Neighborhood Vision Plan to work with the neighborhood to develop a long-range vision for the future.

The goal of this planning effort is to discuss how the neighborhood would like to see the area evolve over the next 20 years, and it will cover the following topics:

  • How should the neighborhood function?
  • What type of uses for the land should be encouraged?
  • What should the design of the buildings look like?
  • What types of amenities are important to enhance the neighborhood?
  • Do there need to be changes to make walking in the neighborhood easier and safer?

We want to involve those who live and work in this neighborhood to develop this plan. This website will help residents, business owners and community members participate in this process and keep them informed about how their ideas and comments are shaping the plan.

You can participate in a number of ways:

  • Attend upcoming community meetings.
  • Take online surveys (click here).
  • Visit the “Ask a Question” section (click here).
  • Visit this site regularly for survey and meeting summaries.
  • Subscribe to this project to receive email updates (right side toolbar).


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  • It appears there is a lot of pushback from the neighborhood. What has the city of Lakewood put out there that they want for this area that seems to be not what the residents want?

    Ron Nissen asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for reaching out!  Based on comments from the community that new development occurring in the area was unattractive, City Council directed staff to prepare a plan for this area.  The purpose of this plan is to address those concerns by developing both design guidelines and better site design.  The plan will also address ways the Union neighborhood can be enhanced by improved, safe and attractive pedestrian amenities.


  • Why is the scope of participants you're asking so narrow? A project like this could significantly impact many more people than only those who live or work in the identified area. This is a very busy street at any time of day, but most notably rush hour times. This is a major road that people use for access to 6th Ave and many other areas, not too mention those who travel through this area to get to the federal center station. I live just south of the area highlighted, however I drive this road everyday.

    Mmolly asked 2 months ago

    Hi there,

    To address concerns about traffic on Union, City Council directed staff to work with the community to develop the Union Area Transportation Study in 2018. This current Union Neighborhood Vision Plan is to address the overall character of the neighborhood by creating goals for appropriate land uses, building and site design, and amenities. It will complement the Union Area Transportation Study. As with all community plans, the outreach for the Union Neighborhood Vision Plan is to those who live and work in the neighborhood, but we expanded the outreach to those adjacent to Union Boulevard. Direct mailings went to 2,100 addresses including 22 registered organizations about the upcoming meetings and survey.  Posts with this information on 16 Nextdoors sites, which reached 4,262 residents, were also made. 

    Because we heard that outreach was too limited, we have added four Nextdoors posts, which will reach  an additional 1,879 residents.

    Thanks for your question!

  • I just spent a long time filling out the survey for the first meeting. I answered all the questions for all 3 planning areas. I hit save and continue and suddenly I was back at question One. Was that the end of survey or did all my answers somehow go away. What does it say at the end of the survey?

    wkaren06 asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for taking the time to fill out the survey!  Once you've completed Area 3, the survey is complete.  If you entered an email address at the beginning of the survey, you should have received a confirmation email acknowledging our receipt of your answers.