Spokane County Growth Management Steering Committee

Authorized by and Date: RCW 41.16 (Title 4) in 1970.

Mission Statement/Purpose: The Growth Management Steering Committee of Elected Officials was established in 1995 to oversee the implementation of the Growth Management Act for the entire Spokane region. Membership includes elected officials from the City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Airway Heights, Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake, Millwood and one elected official to represent the small towns of Fairfield, Latah, Rockford, Spangle and Waverly. In addition to these elected officials who serve as voting members, the Steering Committee includes three elected officials as non voting members. They represent the school districts, water districts and fire protection districts as well as one citizen-at-large member representing the urban growth areas in Spokane County.

The Steering Committee is intended to serve as a regional forum for urban growth issues and growth management planning. Some of the specific responsibilities of the Steering Committee are to:

  • Oversee joint planning within UGAs
  • Recommend standards for defining UGAs
  • Recommend minimum levels of service for UGAs
  • Recommend distribution of future growth
  • Negotiate UGA designations
  • Make recommendations regarding UGAs to the Board of County Commissioners

Meeting date, time and location: The Steering Committee meets on the Third Wednesday of each month at the Spokane Transit Authority building and all meetings are open to the public. The Steering Committee is staffed by a Planning Technical Advisory Committee composed of technical staff from each jurisdiction.

Members Title
Breean Beggs City of Spokane
Michael Cathcart City of Spokane
Lori Kinnear City of Spokane
Dean Grafos City of Spokane Valley
Chuck Hafner City of Spokane Valley
Al French Spokane County
Todd Mielke Spokane County
Shelly O'Quinn Spokane County
Patrick Rushing City of Airway Heights
Jill Weiszmann City of Cheney
Helen Cragun Mayor, City of Deer Park
Douglas Arnold Mayor, Town of Latah
Steve Peterson Mayor, Liberty Lake
Brenda Redell City of Medical Lake
Dan Mork Mayor, City of Milwood


County Liaison

Vickie Merriott