As of summer 2016 we are using the LAMMPS project issue tracker on GitHub for keeping track of suggested or pending new features. This includes discussions of how to best implement an idea, or why it would be useful.
Anyone developing a significant new feature for LAMMPS is encouraged to submit an issue about their planned implementation, especially if the feature is non-trivial to add, e.g. because it requires changes to some of the core classes of LAMMPS. This enables feedback from the LAMMPS developers regarding the planned effort and possible ideas for improvements, pitfalls, or alternatives. You can also post these kind of questions on the LAMMPS mail list