2019/2020 Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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What's Happening Now:

In October 2019, the City of Spokane accepted applications for proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. During that period the City received six applications for amendments to map LU-1, Land Use Plan Map. Additionally, three city-sponsored amendments to maps TR-5, Proposed Bike Network Map, and TR-12, Arterial Network Map and a text amendment to Chapter 4, Transportation, regarding safety at railroad crossings are proposed. All proposed amendments are summarized in the following table:

File # General Location/Type Neighborhood Proposed Change
Z19-499COMP 3001, 3022, & 3207
E. Liberty Avenue
Bemiss
Adjacent to Minnehaha
"Residential 4-10"
to "General Commercial"
Z19-501COMP 6204 N Nevada St
& 1015 E Decatur Ave
Nevada Heights
Near Shiloh Hills
"Residential 4-10"
to "General Commercial"
Z19-502COMP 3203 & 3207 E 29th Ave Lincoln Heights "Residential 4-10" to "Office"
Z19-503COMP 3227 E 53rd Ave Southgate "Residential 4-10"
to "Residential 15-30"
Z19-504COMP 3004 W 8th Ave West Hills "Residential 4-10"
to "Residential 15-30"
Z19-505COMP 1117 W 10th Ave Cliff-Cannon "Residential 4-10"
to "Residential 15-30"
Z20-019COMP Map TR-5: Proposed Bike
Network Map
Citywide Amendments to
Proposed Bike Network
Z20-042COMP Map TR-12: Arterial
Network Map
Citywide Amendments to
Proposed Arterial Designations
Z20-045COMP Text Amendment to Chapter
4, Transportation
Citywide Text Amendment to Chapter 4 regarding railway crossing safety.

On March 2, 2020, the Spokane City Council adopted Resolution 2020-0014, accepting all nine of the above applications into the 2019/2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendment work program. The various applicants and the City are currently compiling the full application materials, including SEPA checklists, required by the City. In a few weeks the City will initiate a 14-day agency and department comment period, following which staff will prepare the applications for a 60-day public comment period. Check back here for updates on the various applications and their associated materials.

Background

The City of Spokane accepts applications to amend the text or maps in the Comprehensive Plan between September 1 and October 31 of each year, per SMC 17G.020. All complete applications received will be reviewed by a city council subcommittee and those placed on the Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program for the City of Spokane will begin full review early in the calendar year. Anyone may make a proposal to amend the City's Comprehensive Plan.

The City of Spokane's Comprehensive Plan addresses many facets of city life, including land use, transportation, capital facilities, housing, economic development, natural environment and parks, neighborhoods, social health, urban design, historic preservation, and leadership. The City of Spokane is committed to conducting an annual process to consider amendments to the comprehensive plan. The GMA specifies that amendments to a comprehensive plan cannot be made more frequently than once per year. The purpose for this is two-fold: it gives the plan stability over time, avoiding spontaneous changes in response to development pressures, and it groups all proposed amendments in a common process for consideration, providing the opportunity to examine their collective effects on the plan.

Following review by City Council, who sets the Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program, Plan Commission consideration of each amendment proposal on the Work Program will be conducted at public workshops held during the public comment period, typically in the summer. Applicants will be afforded the opportunity to address the Plan Commission during the workshop regarding their application. The City Council considers the amendment proposals, staff report, and Plan Commission's amendment recommendations within the context of its budget discussions, and acts on the amendment proposals prior to or at the same time as it adopts the City budget, usually late fall. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process, please contact Kevin Freibott at kfreibott@spokanecity.org or by phone at 509.625.6184.

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Contact Information

City of Spokane
Department of Neighborhood and Planning Services
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201
509.625.6500

Tirrell Black
Principal Planner
509.625.6185
tblack@spokanecity.org

Kevin Freibott
Assistant Planner II
509.625.6184
kfreibott@spokanecity.org