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: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Held Virtually on Zoom
  • 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: Seth Knutson, spy.pawn007@gmail.com
  • Staff Liaison: Gabby Ryan, gryan@spokanecity.org
Goals:
  • Review effective communication of the committee's with the CA and following the CA procedures.

Please see the CA Policy and Procedures (PDF 568 KB)

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

Budget Committee

Meeting Information
Day: 4th Monday of the month
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Meetings held virtually on Zoom
Goals
  1. Continue to refine our process, application and timeline procedures.
  2. Provide a year-end report to the CA and City Council on spending.
  3. Provide a mid-year report in July or August (spent, committed, available).
  4. Maintain and increase neighborhood grant participation wherever possible.

Building Stronger Neighborhoods

Meeting Information
Day: The 4th Monday of every month except December.
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Where: Meetings held virtually, See public calendar
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. Update the Community Assembly Handbook.
  2. Coordinate with Gonzaga University Neighborhood Leadership Academy.
  3. Offer Strengths Finder, including a second/Level 2 training.
  4. Continue Neighborhood Council outreach, helping NCs build capacity.
  5. Increase advertising of Neighborhood Councils’ information/activities.

Community Development

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
Goals:

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

  1. Recommend collaboration between the neighborhoods and provide support for the 2019 funding cycle; and for the new district service delivery model.
  2. Educate neighborhood councils about project goals to bring families out of poverty and revitalize low income neighborhoods.
    • Provide the CA/CD Committee and neighborhood councils Community Development Grant Funding 101 Training.
    • Tie education to sharable resources and information for neighborhood councils.
    • Provide information on district organization and project choice by district.
  3. Provide information on grants or other funding sources to the neighborhood councils and districts.

Land Use

Meeting Information
Day: The 3rd Thursday of every month (does not meet in June)
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Held virtually
Goals:
  1. Develop a letter to Community Assembly supporting the prioritization of home ownership as the preferred option in Spokane and expressing our concerns about short-term rentals and their impact on housing affordability within the city.
  2. Develop a short summary of the 2021-2022 comprehensive plan amendments to be able to read to our neighborhood councils, 5-10 minutes long for a committee report.
  3. Create a visual time or graphic organizers for ordinance, comp plan amendments, and other land use changes.
  4. Develop a letter to Community Assembly regarding the negative impact of homelessness and surface parking lots on the development of new housing in our downtown, housing which could reduce our housing shortage.
  5. Working to improve representation from more neighborhood councils.

Liaison Committee

Meeting Information
Day: Second Tuesday, monthly.
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Meetings held virtually until further notice, See public calendar
Goals:

The overall goals of the Liaison Committee do not change from year to year and are the four ongoing functions recited at item B. of the committee’s policies and procedures document.

The committee will:

  1. Keep up to date a profile of basic information for each liaison and representative board and commission membership position related to the Community Assembly, including a position-specific statement of duties and responsibilities;
  2. Manage and recommend as necessary liaison and representative member appointments and reappointments according to term limit provisions;
  3. Engage in periodic evaluations of liaison and representative activities; and
  4. Monitor their timely reporting to the Community Assembly.
2022 Goals:
  1. Complete profile documents for each of the membership positions allocated by the city to the CA.
  2. Arrange with ONS permanent storage for certain Liaison Committee records per 2021 MOU.
  3. Conduct annual “check-in” visits with all liaisons/representatives (nine in all).

Pedestrian Transportation and Traffic

Meeting Information
Day: The 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Meetings held virtually, See public calendar
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.

  • Revision of the traffic calming policy
  • Speed limit modifications in certain areas
  • Street standards revision process
  • All-city sidewalk repair and infill program

Neighborhood Safety Committee

This committee is currently inactive. If you would like to get involved in neighborhood safety efforts, please reach out to Gabby Ryan, gryan@spokanecity.org

Neighborhood Safety Committee Goals for 2020:

The Neighborhood Safety Committee will focus on monthly neighborhood safety themes throughout the year to promote neighbor engagement in proactive crime prevention and building social capital. Examples of themes will be Paws on Patrol, traffic calming, abandoned vehicles, neighborhood clean-up and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). The committee will promote ideas and suggested activities through Community Assembly and a variety of city resources to get the word out to neighbors. The calendar of ideas will align with city priorities and C.O.P.S. planned activities.

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:

2016

2015

  • 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:

2016

2015

  • 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:

2016

2015

Additional Materials:

2016

2015