2023/2024 Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments

A map showing the location of application points for the 2023-2024 proposed comp plan amendments.

What's Happening Now

The Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docketing Committee was held on February 9, 2024. The applications below were considered by the Committee for inclusion in the 2023/2024 Work Program. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the Docketting Committe is now available. The Committee recommended the inclusion of all applications, with city sponsored expansions on a few of them. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Committee, which will be given to City Council for consideration are also available.

Ultimately, the Spokane City Council will decide in March which of the applications will be forwarded on for full processing.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 11 at 1:15pm - Urban Experience Committee
  • March 18 at 3:30pm – Advance Briefing
  • March 25 at 6:00pm – Hearing

These meetings will all be held in City Council Chambers on the Lower Level of City Hall, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201. They can also be viewed live on CityCable5. These meetings are open to the public, but verbal public testimony will only be taken at the March 25 Hearing. You may send written comments to compplan@spokanecity.org at any time to provide feedback which will be forwarded to City Council for consideration ahead of the hearing.

This site will be updated with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, the general process for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan is provided in the drop down below.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process, please contact our Comprehensive Plan team at compplan@spokanecity.org or by phone at 509-625-6500.

Applications

As part of its annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment program, the City of Spokane accepted applications from the public between September 1 and October 31 of 2023 for any proposed minor amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. During that period, the City received six applications for amendments to map LU-1, Land Use Plan Map. All proposed amendments are summarized in the following table:

File # General Location Neighborhood Proposed Change
Z23-474COMP Mission & Sinto Chief Gary Park “Mini Center” and “Residential Low” to “Mini Center” and “Office”
Z23-475COMP Lacey Street Bemiss “Light Industrial” to “Residential Plus”
Z23-476COMP Eighth Avenue West Hills “Office” and “Residential Low” to “General Commercial”
Z23-477COMP Bemis & Sunset West Hills “Residential Low” to “General Commercial”
Z23-478COMP Assembly & Bemis West Hills “Residential Low” to “General Commercial”
Z23-479COMP Indian Trail Balboa/South Indian Trail “Residential Low” to “General Commercial”, “Open Space”, “Residential Moderate”, and “Residential Low”

Process Overview

Background:

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 full document can be reviewed at the Shaping Spokane webpage.

The WA Growth Management Act specifies that amendments to a comprehensive plan cannot be made more frequently than once per year, except in certain special cases. 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.

The City of Spokane accepts applications to amend the text or maps in the Comprehensive Plan between September 1 and October 31 each year, per SMC 17G.020. All complete applications received will be reviewed by a city council subcommittee. 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.

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 our Comprehensive Plan team at compplan@spokanecity.org or by phone at 509.625.6500

The process for considering Comprehensive Plan Amendments requires 12-14 months from application to final decision, including the following major steps:

This is a very simplified graphic–please contact staff if you have any questions or would like to know about any additional steps and processes along the way.


Contact Information

City of Spokane
Department of Planning & Economic Development.
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201
509.625.6500

Kevin Freibott
Senior Planner
509.625.6184
kfreibott@spokanecity.org

Brandon Whitmarsh
Planner 1
509.625.6846
bwhitmarsh@spokanecity.org