Building Heights on Spokane Falls Boulevard

What's Happening Now:

The Spokane Falls Building Heights Working Group concluded their meetings on June 27, 2017; meeting information and agendas are below. A final draft report has been completed and is available below. The report will be presented to the Plan Commission at their regular workshop, August 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM. As the City Council Chambers are currently under construction, the workshop will be held in the Council Briefing Center, in the basement of City Hall.

Project Overview

Following a request by members of the public and local landowners, the Spokane Plan Commission in April 2017 formed a subcommittee to study the stated concerns regarding the requirements of Spokane Municipal Code (SMC) 17C.124.220 as it relates to heights of buildings on the south side of Spokane Falls Boulevard in the vicinity of Riverfront Park. The requesters felt the code should be readdressed as they assert the height requirements make development of vacant properties on the south side of the street, across from the park, less attractive to developers.  The subcommittee was formed on direction from Plan Commission President Dennis Dellwo, consisting of the following members:

Name Affiliation
Todd Beyreuther (Chair) Plan Commissioner
Mike Baker Plan Commissioner (alternate)
Chris Batten Plan Commissioner
Christy Jeffers Plan Commissioner
Greg Francis Community Assembly
Chris Wright Parks Board
Mark Richard Downtown Spokane Partnership
Andrew Rolwes Downtown Spokane Partnership
Jim Price Citizen Rep
Jim Kolva Riverside Neighborhood
Lisa Key Planning Director
Leroy Eadie Parks Director
Gary Bernardo Bernardo Wills Architects
Ann Martin Heylman Martin Architects
David Peterson Goodale & Barbieri

The subcommittee will meet at City Hall on four dates to explore the situation, consider the existing regulations and requirements, and study potential alternative resolutions to the stated issue. The meetings will be open to the public, though public comment will only be taken during the last 10-15 minutes of each meeting in order to allow the subcommittee to cover all the scheduled agenda items.

All meetings will be held on the following dates in Conference Room 5A at the Spokane City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard:

  • Meeting 1 (Agenda) – Tuesday May 16, 1:00-3:00 PM
    • This meeting will end with a walking tour of the affected properties.
  • Meeting 2 (Agenda) – Tuesday June 6, 1:00-3:00 PM
  • Meeting 3 (Agenda) – Tuesday, June 13, 1:00-3:00 PM
  • Meeting 4 (Agenda) – Tuesday, June 27, 1:00-3:00 PM

Following the last meeting, staff will complete a written report of the project background, issues to be resolved, and possible solutions to those issues. Staff will then present the reports and its findings to the Plan Commission at a workshop, as yet to be scheduled.

The public is encouraged to comment on this project as it progresses. Additional information will be made available on this website as the project progresses and those materials and prepared. If you have any questions or comments on the project, please feel free to contact Tirrell Black, Associate Planner for the City, via email at or by phone at 509.625.6185.

Related Documents

Contact Information

Tirrell Black
Associate Planner, Planning & Development

Kevin Freibott
Assistant Planner, Planning & Development