Council Member Paul Dillon Champions First Two Ordinances with Focus on Community

Ginny Ramos, Legislative Assistant,

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 8:18 a.m.

During Monday night’s Legislative Session, City Council voted 5-2 on Ordinance C36487 concerning land use standards for centers and corridors and Ordinance C36484 (5-2) relating to the establishment of a process to consider and act upon community members' concerns regarding City-owned property.  Council Member Paul Dillon sponsored both Ordinances in his first significant legislative action since becoming a District 2 Council Member. 

Ordinance C36847, referred to as the East 29th Ave Pedestrian Street Designation, is a zoning amendment from S. Martin Street to S. Fiske Street that would require pedestrian-allowed uses and design standards to promote a pedestrian-safe environment.

“A pedestrian street is a zoning designation that can only be applied in center and corridor zones intended to promote a pedestrian-friendly environment, " explained CM Dillon,” the Spokane South Hill Coalition adopted a strategic plan to create more pedestrian access ten years ago and this ordinance helps fulfill that work.”  

The request came from the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, which specified establishing a more walkable area around the Lincoln Heights District Center and throughout the neighborhood. 

City Council also voted (5-2) on Ordinance C36484, an ordinance adopting a process for removing city-owned property. This ordinance was passed by Council on July 10, 2023, in substantially the same form and vetoed by previous Mayor Woodward on July 24, 2023.  Council Member Dillon championed revisiting the ordinance with revisions that include additional recitals and a timeline for a portion of the review process.

“This has been a multi-year effort and it’s bigger than Monaghan itself,” added Council Member Dillon.  “This ordinance establishes a process to consider and act upon community members' concerns regarding City-owned property. The City’s Human Rights Commission will process concerns from constituents and determine if a review should commence.  We must listen to impacted communities and follow their lead by taking steps to right historical wrongs. 

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