Design Review Board

Authorized by: Ordinance SMC 4.12.05, .030, .040 on March 27, 1994; and Ordinance C34527 Section 3, Section 04.13.015 Design Review Board effective January 16, 2010.

Mission Statement/Purpose: The Design Review Board is comprised of citizens and practicing professionals who represent community interests including a diversity of design and technical professions. Board members are nominated by the Mayor, appointed by City Council, and serve without compensation. The Board was established to do the following:

  • Improve communication and participation among developers, neighbors, and the City early in the design and siting of new development subject to design review under the Spokane Municipal Code;
  • Ensure that projects subject to design review under the Spokane Municipal Code are consistent with adopted design guidelines and help implement the City's comprehensive plan;
  • Advocate for the aesthetic quality of Spokane's public realm;
  • Encourage design and site planning that responds to context, enhances pedestrian characteristics, considers sustainable design practices, and helps make Spokane a desirable place to live, work, and visit;
  • Provide flexibility in the application of development standards as allowed through development standard departures; and
  • Ensure that public facilities and projects within the City's right-of-way:
    1. Wisely allocate the City's resources,
    2. Serve as models of design quality.

Meeting date, time and location: The Board meets the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Briefing Center, Lower Level, City Hall.

Members Term Expiration Position
Ryan Leong 12/31/2018 Real Estate Developer
Anne Hanenburg 12/31/2018 Landscape Architect
Kathy Lang 12/31/2019 Community Assembly Representative
David Buescher 12/31/2020 (2nd term expires) Spokane Arts Commission
Theodore Teske 12/31/2018 Citizen at Large
Steven Meek 12/31/2019 (2nd term expires) Architect
Charlene Kay 12/31/2019 Civil Engineer
Alex Maxwell 3/12/2021 Urban Designer






City Staff

Dean Gunderson
Senior Urban Designer

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