Standing Committees of the Community Assembly

The Standing Committees of the Community Assembly are smaller groups that represent many different interests citizens may have. Everyone is welcome to be a member of the standing committees you do not have to be a member of the Community Assembly to get involved. Below are the current standing committees.

Administration (Admin) Committee

Meeting Information
Day: The 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: ONS Office
City Hall, 6th floor
Spokane, WA 99201
  • Creates the CA agenda and monitors neighborhood attendance
  • Admin Committee Policies and Procedures - see the CA Policy and Procedures (PDF 231 KB)
  • If you would like to get involved in this committee contact the committee chair for more information. Elections occur at the CA in December
  • Chair Contact: Tina Luerssen
  • Staff Liaison: Rod Minarik,
2017 Goals:
  • Review effective communication of the committee’s with the CA and following the CA procedures.

Please see the CA Policy and Procedures (PDF 231 KB)

To get on the Community Assembly Agenda, please send a detailed request including the neighborhood benefit and the suggested time allotment to BOTH Rod Minarik and the Admin Chair.

Budget Committee

Meeting Information
Day: The 4th Thursday of every month
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fire Station #4 Meeting Room
1515 W First Ave.
Spokane, WA 99204
2017 Goals
  1. Gather statistics on the success and impact of the awards from each neighborhood including, impact and growth as part of the CA Report
  2. Clarify our process/application and timeline procedures
  3. Research additional funding options
  4. Provide a mid-year report on spending (spent, committed and available)

Building Stronger Neighborhoods

Meeting Information
Day: The 4th Monday of every month
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Vessel Coffee Roasters
2823 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
2017 Goals:

The Building Stronger Neighborhoods Committee works to provide training and resources to neighborhoods to increase participation, identify and meet neighborhood needs, and build capacity.

  1. Plan and execute 5 Trainings, with a goal of one Training every-other-month, excluding the summer months.
  2. Hold 2 Handbook Trainings, or as requested. First Handbook Training will be Monday Feb. 6th.
  3. Hold more specific/in-depth Trainings on Social Media. Facebook 101 Training on Monday March 20th.
    • Other Trainings as requested/able.
  4. Identify Marketing Opportunities (i.e. Inlander & Spokesman calendar listings, other print/radio/tv/online promotional opportunities) for Neighborhood Councils. Create a “tool kit” listing these opportunities and distribute to NCs.
    • Look at and have a training on city resources to assist with training materials such as Channel 5, Facebook, posts of training
  5. Marketing: Refine BSN Committee’s role in Neighborhood Council & Community Assembly Marketing
  6. As CA Budget allows, publish information for Neighborhood Council events.
  7. Assist neighborhood councils to promote them and their events.
  8. Include promotion and awareness of and participation in Neighborhood Councils

Community Development

Meeting Information
Day: The 1st Tuesday of every month
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: West Central Community Center
What's Happening Now

Dec. 2015 - Members of the Community Assembly's Community Development Committee have been working over the past few months on a proposal to help low income homeowners get financial assistance to repair dangerous sidewalks. The proposal would change the current Neighborhood Sidewalk Program. For more information, see the Neighborhood Sidewalk Program blog or view project materials below.

Project Materials
2017 Goals:

The CA Community Development Committee will provide a forum for educating neighborhoods regarding CDBG funding and make policy and other recommendations in regard to neighborhood funding, through the Community Assembly, to the CHHS Board.

  1. To recommend collaboration between the neighborhoods, potentially by the new district service delivery model.
  2. To assist NCs in crafting projects that meet CDBG standards and guidelines through educational outreach and training.
  3. Educate the NC about project goals to bring families out of poverty and revitalize low income neighborhoods.
    • Provide a CA/CD Committee and CDBG Grant Funding 101 Training
    • Tie education as sharable resources and information for NC.
  4. Committee to provide information on grants or other funding source to the NC.
  5. Increase communication with parks on projects and program

Land Use

Meeting Information
Day: The 3rd Thursday of every month
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: West Central Community Center
Don Kelly Room
1603 N. Belt
Spokane, WA 99205
2017 Goals:

The Land Use Committee seeks opportunities to interact with Neighborhood Councils, citizen groups and individuals within the boundaries of the City of Spokane to serve as a resource to land use resolutions: to propose changes to policies, regulations, actions and plans to the Community Assembly.

  1. Follow the comprehensive plan chapter update process through to adoption in June 2016.
  2. Follow comprehensive plan potential appeal on Morningside Comprehensive Plan Amendment through the CA-LUC for 2016 to completion.
  3. Follow 2016 Comprehensive Plan Amendments passed (Queen Bee and Avista) through the development stages to learn about outcomes and neighborhood experiences.
  4. Follow up with neighborhoods who have completed the neighborhood planning process through a survey to learn about their processes, successes, failures, etc. Feedback to be used for future neighborhood planning projects.
  5. Track the Monroe Street project through completion to learn about outcome and neighborhood experience.
  6. Increase participation by a variety of neighborhoods in land use committee.
  7. Provide a Land Use 101 Training for Neighborhood Councils
  8. Investigate a Best Practices Guide for Neighborhoods and Developers (not yet reviewed by committee)
  9. Be pro-active with neighborhood councils on issues to help build capacity for the committee and participation.
    • Guide – Why participate in land use? and bring forward to the CA
  10. Follow the docketing process for proposed amendments and additional comp. plan changes for center and corridors.

Liaison Committee

Meeting Information
Day: Meets as needed at the discretion of the committee chair.
Time: To be announced.
Where: To be announced.
  • Maintain the city-established positions on advisory boards and commissions related to the Community Assembly.
  • If you would like to get involved in this committee attend a regular meeting or contact the committee chair for more information
  • Chair Contact: Paul Kropp,
  • Staff Liaison: Jason Ruffing,, 509.625.6529.

The Community Assembly Liaison Committee will facilitate continuity of service in city-authorized Community Assembly liaison and representative positions, support the liaisons and representatives in their duties, and maintain their relationship with the Community Assembly.

The committee will keep profiles of the current liaison and representative positions up to date, manage as necessary new liaison and representative appointments and reappointments according to term limit provisions, engage in periodic evaluations of liaison and representative activities, and monitor their timely reporting to the Community Assembly.

Pedestrian Transportation and Traffic

Meeting Information
Day: The 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: West Central Community Center
1603 N. Belt
Spokane, WA 99205
2017 Goals:

The PeTT Committee focuses on Spokane’s Transportation related problems and opportunities to create safer, more accessible streets for all uses, including pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation passengers.

  1. Transportation chapter comprehensive plan update
  2. Revised street standards
  3. Bicycle master plan update
  4. All-city sidewalk repair and infill program
  5. 20 MPH speed limit designation for local access streets
  6. Crosswalk policies (see street standards)
  7. School sidewalk priority
  8. ADA implementation (see street standards)
  9. Traffic Calming before and after
  10. PeTT 101 w/ emphasis on what NC and CA can do to impact transportation choices

Public Safety Committee

Meeting Information
Day: The 2nd Tuesday of every month
Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Where: YMCA Corporate Office
1126 N. Monroe (SE corner of Boone and Monroe)
Spokane, WA 99201
2017 Goals:
  1. Develop Education/Communication/Awareness Strategies to address neighborhood issues as identified from survey.
  2. Explore “Hate Free Neighborhoods” CampaignCampaign (recommend eliminate or reduce participation due to larger issue and groups specializing in this topic)
    • Partner with BSN on information campaign
    • Training or resources on what can NC do around this issue or create a NC campaign
    • Help connect NC to resources to fight this issue
  3. Put on Public Safety 101 training
  4. Invite participation of SPD and COPS in the committee
  5. Work with Community Court on the expansion of their program
Rental Housing Research Stakeholder Group

As directed by the Community Assembly, the Public Safety Committee was asked to research Long Term Rental Housing and identify any issues related to this type of housing. The Committee has worked to create a Stakeholder Group made up of neighborhood councils, landlord and tenants. Here you will find information and presentations that are provided to the group as they move through the process. The group has slated to meet through the end of the year, with the goal of having a recommendation in early 2016 that will be presented to the Community Assembly. Anyone is welcome to attend the stakeholder meetings as a non-stakeholder audience member.

Project Materials
Meeting Presentations:



  • May 12 - Long Term Rental Project Scope (PDF 855 KB)
  • May 26 - General Rental Housing Data (PDF 351 KB)
  • June 09 - General Renter vs. Owner Data (PDF 679 KB)
  • July 07 - Spokane Police Department Sgt Dan Ervin; In Depth City Renter vs. Owner Data and Maps (PDF 1.0 MB)
  • August 04 - Housing and Health- Peggy Slider and Heather Wallace (PDF 4.1 MB)
  • September 01 - Building Department- Dan Skindzier; Code Enforcement- Heather Trautman (PDF 4.0 MB)
  • October 06 - Question Review and Discussion (PDF 870 KB)
  • November 10 - Spokane Fire Marshal- Mike Miller (PDF 794 KB)
Meeting Minutes:



  • May 26 - General Housing Data (PDF 98 KB)
  • July 07 - Spokane Police Department (PDF 98 KB)
  • August 04 - Housing and Health (PDF 214 KB)
  • September 01 - Building Department; Code Enforcement (PDF 366 KB)
  • October 06 - Question Review and Discussion (PDF 280 KB)
  • November 10 - Fire Department (PDF 296 KB)
Meeting Agendas:



Additional Materials: