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Sister Cities Garden

April 8, 2014

Z1400017SSDP - Sister Cities Garden
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Applicant Sister Cities Association of Spokane
Location River Front Park - Former Expo '74 Japanese Pavilion Site
Northwest of Howard Street Bridge
Description of Project A request for a Type II Shoreline Substantial Development Permit to Refurbishing and landscaping of portion of Riverfront Park north and west of Howard Street Bridge. Site will have signage, sculpture and landscaping to educate public about Spokane’s Sister Cities relationship. Eventually, the Sister Cities hopes to add sculptures representing each of its Sister Cities.

Construction activities will include removal of old concrete and water feature; regarding of site; addition of new concrete walkways, lawn, trees, shrubs, signage and seating. It is anticipated that up to 2.5 feet of fill will be needed to fill in the old water feature depression.
Request for Agency and Department Comments Written comments are due April 21, 2014.
Contact Written comments should be sent via mail or email:

Planning & Development Services
Attn: Tami Palmquist, AICP
Associate Planner
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201-3329
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Plan of Spokane Comprehensive Plan Update and Neighborhood Planning Project

April 4, 2014

On or before June 30, 2017 the City of Spokane is required to complete its periodic update of the comprehensive plan to ensure compliance with the Growth Management Act (GMA). This update, also known as the “Plan of Spokane,” will require reviewing and updating the City’s current plan, the 2001 Comprehensive Plan, which envisioned the concentration of development within designated Centers and Corridors (20) and encouraged Neighborhood Plans for its 27 neighborhoods. The present neighborhood planning program began in 2009. Seventeen neighborhoods have completed their planning, are in the process of planning, or opted out of the process.

The City intends to bear primary responsibility for completing the 2017 periodic update. However, it is engaging in several planning efforts at this time that will augment and inform the City’s plan update efforts. In one of these efforts, the City has selected the BergerABAM team to assist the City with the following tasks:

  • Complete an audit of the 2001 Comprehensive Plan and make recommendations for potential changes to its land use growth strategies based on market research, public input, and peer city case studies.
  • Complete 2 to 10 neighborhood plans, using funds that the City Council has committed for this purpose.
  • Make recommendations for comprehensive plan policy updates to be considered in the City’s 2017 “Plan of Spokane” update. These update recommendations will be a reflection of the findings on the corridors and centers development strategy and will incorporate key opportunities identified in the neighborhood plans.

In addition to BergerABAM’s work, the City is managing other concurrent plan processes that will inform and compose the 2017 update. These efforts include projects such as LINK Spokane: Integrated Transportation and City Utilities, City Policy Focus Groups’ Input, and Economic Plan updates. It is expected that the City will package BergerABAM’s work with the completed products from these concurrent projects to complete its 2017 Comprehensive Plan (2017 Plan) update.

Plan of Spokane and Neighborhood Planning 2014

For more information please contact:
Ken Pelton, Principal Planner,, (509) 625-6063
Jo Anne Wright, Neighborhood Planning Manager,, (509) 625-6017
Boris Borisov, Assistant Planner,, (509) 625-6156

2013/2014 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle

April 3, 2014

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The City of Spokane accepted applications for this annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle up until October 31, 2013, per SMC 17G.020.010. Applications for the next amendment cycle are due on October 31, 2014.

Two applications have been submitted and certified counter complete and will be considered during the upcoming amendment cycle. These applications are currently undergoing have undergone review by interested agencies and interested city departments. The applications are now in the 60-day public comment period from April 14, 2014 to June 12, 2014. Public Comment or requests for notification of actions associated with these applications, should be sent to Tirrell Black, Assistant Planner,

Plan Commission consideration of each amendment proposal will be conducted at public workshops held during the public comment period. Applicants will be afforded the opportunity to address the Plan Commission during the workshop regarding their application. Written comments from the public will also be forwarded to the Plan Commission. At the end of the Plan Commission process, the Plan Commission will hold a Public Hearing and forward an advisory recommendation to the City Council. The City Council considers the amendment proposals, staff report, and Plan Commission’s amendment recommendations. The City Council will also hold a Public Hearing and act on these applications.

Tentative dates for Plan Commission Workshops:

  • April 23, 2014 - substantive workshop regarding application
    Z1300069COMP, R Properties
  • May 14, 2014 - substantive workshop regarding application
    Z1300068COMP, HD3 Investments
  • June 11, 2014 - reserved for continued workshop discussion
  • Public Hearing to be scheduled sometime during the summer

HD3 Investments LLC Z130068COMP
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R Properties LLC Z130069COMP
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SEPA Categorical Exemptions – Flexible Thresholds

March 27, 2014

The Spokane City Plan Commission held a workshop on March 12, 2014 to begin review of proposed revisions to the Spokane Municipal Code relating to SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) Categorical Exemption Thresholds; potentially recommending amending Spokane Municipal Code section 17E.050.070 to the City Council. A Public Hearing on this topic was scheduled for March 26, 2014 but due to a lack of quorum the hearing has been continued. If you would like to be placed on the email notification list for any future actions on this matter, please contact Tirrell Black,

March 12, 2014 Workshop Packet

To submit comments or for more
information about this project contact:
Attn: Tirrell Black, Assistant Planner
3rd Floor Planning & Development
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Form-Based Code Regulatory Plan

March 27, 2014

Please visit our Logan Neighborhood Planning page for more information about this Hamilton Corridor Form-Based Code project

Documents and Links
Hamilton Corridor Form-Based Code Regulatory Plan – November 2013
Hamilton Corridor Form Based Code Next Steps – July 2013
Logan Neighborhood Identity Plan Final - July 2013
Hamilton Corridor Model Form-Based Code – March 2013
Presentation to Neighborhood Council - March 19, 2013
Poster - Logan Neighborhood Vision - February 6, 2013 Open House
Poster - What is Form-Based Code? - February 6, 2013 Open House
What Are Form Based Codes?

Notice of Plan Commission Public Hearing
West Plains Subarea Transportation Plan

March 12, 2014

The City of Spokane Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on March 26th, 2014 at 4:00pm, in the City Council Chambers, Lower Level of City Hall, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, to receive testimony on the on the West Plains Subarea Transportation Plan. This is the opportunity for any person to submit written comments to the Plan Commission and appear at the public hearing to give oral comments on the proposed Plan.

The most recent draft of the Plan and supporting documents are available below for download, or in person on the third floor of City Hall, during normal business hours. A State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-significance (DNS) was issued on March 12, 2014. Written comments on the DNS are due by 4:00 PM on March 26, 2014.

To submit comments or for more
information about this project, contact:
Attn: Kathleen Weinand, Assistant Planner
3rd Floor Planning & Development
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

West Plains Draft Transportation Subarea Plan

March 12, 2014

The City of Spokane, the City of Airway Heights, Spokane County, Spokane International Airport, WSDOT, Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Spokane Transit Authority, City of Cheney, City of Medical Lake, Cheney School District and others are working together to plan for the future of the West Plains.

Below are links to the Draft Transportation Subarea Plan and the Revised Draft Arterial Network Map.

West Plains Draft Transportation Subarea Plan - March 12, 2014West Plains Draft Transportation Subarea Plan

Revised Draft Arterial Network Map for the West Plains. (Click map to view larger)

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Louis Meuler, Program Manager (509) 625-6096
Kathleen Weinand (509) 625-6146

Mobile Food Vendor Project

February 17, 2014

Mobile Food Vendor

The overall goal of the project is to revisit the City’s rules governing mobile food vendors to create an easier, more predictable system for such entrepreneurs. The proposed revisions affect both licensing requirements and land use regulations of SMC Title 10, Division II – Regulation of Activities, License Code and SMC Title 17C., the Land Use Standards of the Unified Development Code, respectively.

For more information on the Mobile Food Vending Project please contact Andrew Worlock: at (509) 625-6991.

Woodridge South Preliminary Plat

January 23, 2014

Z1400003PPLT - Woodridge South
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Applicant MSK, LLC
Location 10000 N. Wieber Drive, Spokane, WA 99208
Description of Project A request for a Type III Preliminary Long Plat for 18 single-family lots from 9.5 acres.
Request for Agency and Department Comments Written comments are due February 7, 2014.
Contact Written comments should be sent via mail or email:

Planning & Development Services
Attn: Dave Compton Assistant Planner
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201-3329
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Lincoln Heights District Center

December 1, 2013

City of Spokane Planning and Development is beginning a planning study of the Lincoln Heights District Center. The purpose of the study is to develop a vision for this key activity area that is currently zoned for commercial and higher-density residential use. This area is generally focused around the intersection at 29th Avenue & Regal Street but includes the larger commercial area around Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. This study seeks to identify proposals for any required changes to the Comprehensive Plan or the Land Use Code to support the vision for this area. The study will:

  • Clarify the desired mix and balance of land uses
  • Assess the potential for development that supports transportation related investments
  • Identify opportunities for an improved public realm and place-making

Workshop #1 was held on November 20, 2013 at ESD 101, 4202 S. Regal. Discussion focused on existing conditions and asking participants to identify areas and topics important to this area. The next workshop is anticipated in spring of 2014.

Questions or to join email list for this project:

Ken Pelton, Principal Planner

Tirrell Black, Associate Planner

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Transportation Plan Update

October 28, 2013

The City is in the process of updating the transportation chapter of its Comprehensive Plan and looking to integrate planning for all the functions within the street right-of-ways. Click here to find out more.

City Council Adopts Laws Regulating Marijuana

September 24, 2013

On September 23rd, the Spokane City Council adopted Ordinance No. C-35037 relating to marijuana use, medical cannabis collective garden regulatory licensing and state-licensed marijuana producers, processors and retailers. The final ordinance provides permanent standards for marijuana related uses including zoning, regulatory licensing and security. The ordinance also addresses separation requirements from specified land uses. Medical cannabis collective gardens that were legally operating on September 23rd will be permitted to continue in operation as long as the operator submits an application for the regulatory license within thirty days of September 23rd. State-licensed marijuana producers, processors and retailers will still be licensed and regulated by the Washington State Liquor Control Board and will also need to comply with the City’s land use zoning regulations as established in the Ordinance C–35037.

Marijuana related uses may locate in the permitted zoning categories provided in the ordinance. An updated map is being prepared showing the zoning categories where marijuana uses may be allowed. The map will provide a general reference. As provided in the ordinance, it is the responsibility of the operator to demonstrate that a proposed location is in compliance with the ordinance.

If you have questions, please contact:
Ken Pelton, Principal Planner

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