Building Heights on Spokane Falls Boulevard

Building Heights Code Amendments

Pursuant to a request by the Spokane Plan Commission, staff is preparing a proposed amendment to the Spokane Municipal Code, as it relates to building heights on Spokane Falls Boulevard adjacent to Riverfront Park. In order to gather wide public input and to inform the public as to the scope and topics under consideration, the following website has been prepared. Please take time to read through the site and answer the short survey at the end. Check back here for any updates on the project, including (eventually) the full proposed changes to the Spokane Municipal Code.

Plan Commission Workshop

The Spokane Plan Commission will be holding a Workshop to discuss the proposal and summarize the public outreach results on February 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM at City Hall. The workshop is open to the public, however public testimony is not taken at Workshops per Plan Commission rules. All public input and comments provided up until that date will be discussed and summarized for the Plan Commission during the workshop.

Time still remains for the public to submit comments and fill out the short survey. See the project Story Map for more information.

Past Work (Plan Commission Subcommittee and Final Report)

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 met 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 were to the public, though public comment was 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 were 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 completed a written report of the project background, issues to be resolved, and recommended solutions to those issues. Staff then presented the report and its findings to the Plan Commission at a workshop. At that workshop the Plan Commission requested that City staff conduct an update to the Uniform Development Code in order to consider and incorporate the recommendations of the subcommittee.

Working Group Related Documents

Contact Information

Kevin Freibott
Assistant Planner, Planning & Development