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: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: City Conference Room Lobby – Lilac
City Hall
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: Shauna Harshman, sharshman@spokanecity.org
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 Neighborhood Services Community Assembly Agenda Packets 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
2018 Goals
  1. Gather statistics on the success and impact of the awards form each neighborhood including, impact and growth as part of the CA Report.
  2. Clarify our process/application and timeline procedures.
  3. Provide a mid-year report on the spending (spent, committed, available).
  4. Maintain and increase neighborhood grant participation wherever possible.

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
2018 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. Handbook Trainings one-on-one as needed throughout the year.
  2. Complete Toolkit to include tutorials on marketing opportunities for NCs.
  3. Hold training on Facebook Advertising in March 2018, so that neighborhood councils may include this expense on their Budget Applications.
  4. Assess 2017 Marketing strategies and determine effectiveness.
  5. Liaise with CA Budget Committee so there is less duplication and more cohesion between the two committees.

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
2018 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
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: West Central Community Center
Don Kelly Room
1603 N. Belt
Spokane, WA 99205
2018 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. Reach out to neighborhoods that don’t have LUC representatives to recruit representatives.
  2. Development and distribution of Land Use 101 education materials for Neighborhood Councils.
  3. Follow changes to 2018 Comprehensive Plan amendments process to be able to formulate a recommendation to CA and Neighborhood Councils.

Liaison Committee

Meeting Information
Day: Meets as needed at the discretion of the committee chair.
Time: To be announced.
Where: To be announced.
2018 Goals:
  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.

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
2018 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. Street standards revision process
  2. Sidewalk priority areas and accompanying traffic safety measures
  3. All-city sidewalk repair and infill program
  4. Revision of the traffic calming policy
  5. 20 MPH as a focus for certain areas

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
2018 Goals:
  1. Create more user-friendly access to online tools on City website for neighborhood safety. (Working with ONS).
  2. Continue working with City’s Department of Multicultural Affairs to explore Compassionate City Campaign.
  3. Survey neighborhoods to solicit topics of concern the committee can address in the coming year.
  4. Complete addition of vehicle storage requirements to Nuisance Ordinance.
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