Plan Commission Workshops on the draft maintenance ordinance were held September 23 and November 11, 2020. A Plan Commission Hearing on proposed Phase 1 Unified Development Code (UDC) Maintenance is tentatively scheduled for January 13, 2021.
Please note that the Plan Commission hearing date is subject to change and may be continued. Plan Commission agendas, when available, can be viewed on the Plan Commission webpage.
City of Spokane Planning Services is the lead on proposed amendments to the Unified Development Code, more familiarly known as the Spokane Municipal Code (SMC). Maintenance projects are conducted periodically; this is the fifth such effort over the past two decades. To help understand the types of changes that are recommended, the amendments are generally categorized under three types.
The three types are:
The Proposal is classified as “clean up,” likely taking place in three phases from 2020-2021. Phase I addresses minor changes and specifically amends Spokane Municipal Code (SMC): Chapter 04.13 Administrative Agencies and Procedures, Section 04.13.015 Design Review Board Purpose; Chapter 17C.110 Residential Zones, Section 17C.110.100; Residential Zones Primary Uses; Limited Uses (L) and Conditional Uses (CU); Chapter 17C.124, Section 17C.124.110 Downtown Zones; Limited Use Standards; Industrial Limitation; Chapter 17C.220, Land Use Standards, Section 17C.220.060 Off-site impacts, Noise; Chapter 17E.050 SEPA Article III, Section 17.050.080 Categorical Exemptions-Applicability, Chapter 17F.010, Construction Standards General Provisions, Section 17F.010.050 Notice of Hearing; Chapter 17F.040 Building Code, Section 17F.040.140 Awnings; Chapter 17G.040 Design Review Board Administration and Procedures, Section 17G.040.040 Design Review Criteria; Chapter 17G.060 Administration and Procedures, Section 17G.060.020 Administration; Chapter 17G.070 Planned Unit Developments, Section 17G.070.220 Vesting; Chapter 17G.080 Subdivisions, Section 17G.080.070 Subdivision Design Standards; Chapter 17H.010 Street Development Standards, Section 17H.010.240 Vertical Clearances; Chapter 17H.010 Street Development Standards, Section 17H.010.250 Horizontal Clearances.
Phase I amendments are intended to remove references to repealed SMC chapters or sections, redundant phrases, and other minor clean up actions such as typographical errors.
The proposed amendments are categorically exempt from SEPA.
***Plan Commission Workshops on the draft maintenance ordinance were held September 23 and November 11, 2020. A Plan Commission Hearing on proposed Phase 1 Unified Development Code (UDC) Maintenance is tentatively scheduled for January 13, 2021.***
A briefing before the Spokane Plan Commission was held on September 23, 2020. Amendments will proceed through the regular Plan Commission and City Council Adoption process which includes opportunities for public comment and testimony. A Plan Commission hearing regarding these amendments has been tentatively been scheduled for January 13, 2021, with tentative City Council scheduling in second quarter of 2021. Please note that the Plan Commission hearing date is subject to change and may be continued. Plan Commission agendas, when available, can be viewed on the Plan Commission webpage.
Helpful links to the current codes under consideration for amendment:
Should you have questions or concerns or wish to enter comment into the public record prior to the public hearing, please submit your comments regarding these proposed actions to Melissa Wittstruck, Assistant Planner at:
By mail: Attn: Melissa Wittstruck, Assistant Planner
808 West Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201-3329