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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or by phone at 509-625-6500.
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:
|Mission & Sinto
|Chief Gary Park
|“Mini Center” and “Residential Low” to “Mini Center” and “Office”
|“Light Industrial” to “Residential Plus”
|“Office” and “Residential Low” to “General Commercial”
|Bemis & Sunset
|“Residential Low” to “General Commercial”
|Assembly & Bemis
|“Residential Low” to “General Commercial”
|Balboa/South Indian Trail
|“Residential Low” to “General Commercial”, “Open Space”, “Residential Moderate”, and “Residential Low”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.