Marlene Feist

Growing Spokane in a smart way

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 4 p.m.

On May 12, City of Spokane and Spokane County officials kicked off a year-long effort to collaboratively plan for how and where our community should grow.

The topic is complex, requiring our officials to consider how we've grown to date, the financial and service impacts of future growth, and the legal complexities of the state's Growth Management Act, among other things.

The goal is to find mutually beneficial solutions that provide the greatest results for all of our citizens. Officials are going to look at transportation, extension of utilities, development standards, revenue sharing, and needed policy development.

Mayor David Condon believes that the City and County are up to the challenge. In the last two years, the City and County have worked together on other joint issues, committing to regional solutions to animal control needs and managing solid waste disposal. Our local governments also are working together to improve Spokane's criminal justice system.

"We've achieved these successes because together we've been able to focus on the future rather than the past," the Mayor said. "We have a great opportunity before us."

Citizens can provide comments about planning for community growth and the topics being discussed by sending an email to

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