CEZ Plan

Community Empowerment Zone Plan Update 2017-2018

Update Working Committee

Vision (September 2017)

Spokane, as a safe, compassionate, resilient, sustainable, and growing city, strives to provide opportunity and resources for all residents to live a quality life.

Mission (September 2017)

The CEZ collaborative city-wide team of stakeholders will:

  • implement the City's Comprehensive Plan, local and regional economic development plans and growth strategies; and
  • align public investments in neighborhood planning, community development and infrastructure development with private sector investments for "highest best use" planning and implementation.
Success Criteria (September 2017)

The CEZ measures of success, illustrated via the evaluation of the efficacy of the CEZ plan and Boundary, will result in a predictable, transparent, accountable incentive that meets State requirements and achieves outcomes important to the community, inclusive of:

  • increased livable wage jobs within the City of Spokane
  • increased property values
  • a better utilization of existing public infrastructure
  • a better utilization of existing public infrastructure
  • implementation of the community goals defined in the City's Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Plan's growth strategies
  • recommendations for legislative changes (at the state level)

Plan and Application Requirements

Threshold Requirements
  • To amend a designated Community Empowerment Zone census tract, the local legislative authority must designate and define the change or amendment to the area to receive federal, state, and local assistance to increase economic, physical, or social activity in the area.
  • At least 51 percent of the households in the changed or amended area must have incomes at or below 80 percent of the county's median income—adjusted for household size.
  • The average unemployment rate for the changed or amended area for the most recent 12 months for which data is available must be at least 120 percent of the average unemployment rate of the county.
  • A five-year community empowerment plan for the amended area that meets the requirements of RCW 3.31C.040 http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=43.31C.040 must be adopted.
Community Empowerment Zone Plan

The Washington State Legislature has strongly encouraged local governments to develop reinvestment plans through a grass roots, community based planning process, which achieves broad participation from area residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and property owners. Neighborhood reinvestment plans that demonstrate community participation in both the planning and on-going implementation of area strategies, will be viewed as having higher potential for success. The change or amended applications shall document their community involvement efforts including meeting notices, at least two public hearings and meeting minutes, and meeting participation records.

Plan Requirements

Each proposed change or amendment to a Community Empowerment Zone must have a five-year neighborhood reinvestment plan that identifies the area's community development needs and presents a comprehensive strategy for meeting those needs. The plan must include the following information:

  1. Housing needs, including emergency housing.
  2. Public infrastructure needs, such as:
    • Transportation
    • Water
    • Sanitation
    • Energy
    • Drainage/flood control
  3. Public Facilities needs, such as:
    • Neighborhood facilities
    • Facilities for the provision of health, education, recreation, or public safety.
  4. Community economic development needs, such as:
    • Commercial/industrial revitalization
    • Job creation and retention with special attention to the unemployment and underemployment of the area residents
    • Accessibility to financial resources by residents and businesses within the area
    • Investment in the area
    • Rezones/changes in land use
  5. Social service needs.
  6. Existing and new plans to specifically address the identified needs, and the financial and other resources, which have been committed to implement the plan.
  7. Funding sources that are expected to become available in the future to carry out the reinvestment area strategy and the actions that will be taken to acquire these funds.

2017-2018 CEZ Plan Update Work Plan & Timeline

June
Meeting Work/Agenda
  • Staff Review of CEZ 2001 (five year plan)
Objectives/Outcomes and/or Deliverable
  • Not much of the plan can be updated. However, there are numerous existing and current plans that can be draw upon in developing a new CEZ plan.
July 25
Meeting Work/Agenda
  • Establish a working committee (Council, PC, Admin, GSI, CHHS, and ED Team Staff)
  • Document review:
    • City's Sustainable Community Development & Economic Vitality Strategic Plan
    • 2017 updated Comprehensive Plan Chapter 8 and Chapter 2 implementation
    • 2015 Economic Development Strategy
    • CHHS Consolidated Plan
    • Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
    • RCW 43.31C
Objectives/Outcomes and/or Deliverable
  • What plans & who else needs to be involved: see the growing list of plans in the right-hand column of this webpage.
  • Reoccurring mtgs set for the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2:30 (keep to one hour)
  • Everyone is committed to making this the right process and plan, encompassing and implementing all the great work from plans completed recently. Creating a plan that better positions the use of the incentive for the creation of higher paying jobs within the City of Spokane.
  • Tasks in preparation for next meeting: George will layer a map that includes CD neighborhoods, CEZ, industrial areas, and Target Areas. (looking to include the biz locations as well as the workforce)
  • Everyone will begin reviewing the CEZ plan criteria in light of plans they are familiar with and extracting portions that can be incorporated into the CEZ plan.
  • Everyone will reach out to those who they know should be at the table.
Aug 22
Meeting Work/Agenda
  • Around the table introductions for new attendees
  • Review the map of the CD neighborhoods, CEZ, industrial zones, and Target Areas
  • Report on what portions and highlights of the different plans can be incorporated into the CEZ Plan
  • Review the draft project vision, mission, set success criteria & timelines
Objectives/Outcomes and/or Deliverable
  • Create a map of the West Central Industrial property with a list of property owners: George
  • Tour the West Central Industrial property and report back: CM Stratton and Stan
  • Draft Charter – (topic moved to Sept discussion: Teri)
  • Begin to build a boundary Pros & Cons document for ongoing discussion: Teri and Debra
  • Review the CEZ Plan criteria outline in light of plans you are familiar with and begin to list portions that can be incorporated into an updated CEZ Plan: All
  • Expand the map to include Centers & Corridors: George
Sept 26
Meeting Work/Agenda
  • Draft Charter review, discussion and edits
  • Draft Plan outline additions – topic moved to October meeting
  • Data & Maps Review: West Central Industrial area – what was learned during the tour?
    PPT and Map of a Proposed CEZ boundary with Centers and Corridors added
  • Begin to fill in the CEZ Planning Pros vs Cons regarding boundary discussion – this will be a format we also use when evaluating, which portions of other plans to incorporate in our the CEZ plan.
Objectives/Outcomes and/or Deliverable
Oct 24
Meeting Work/Agenda
  • Review Draft Map
  • Review the growing list of plans - Shauna will send out a link to all neighborhood plans
  • Discuss the details gathered thus far in the CEZ Plan Update Outline & Plans to Inform Worksheet. Received at the meeting or before:
    • One Vision. One Plan. One Voice (CoS Joint Strategic Plan)
    • Capital Facilities Plan
    • Comprehensive Plan
    • 2014 Sprague TIP Advisory Board’s Implementation Plan
    • The Yard Redevelopment Master Plan 2017
    • Central City Line Strategic Overlay Plan 2016
    • STA Moving Forward 2016
    • Connect Spokane Comprehensive Plan 2017
    • Transit Development Plan 2017
    • North Hill Neighborhood Action Plan June 2014
    • West Central Neighborhood Action Plan 2012
    • Emerson Garfield Neighborhood Action Plan 2014
  • Public Open House Planning—are we ready/can we be ready?
    • Discussed timeline changes:
      • November and December: Committee members will continue to review plans and submit worksheet citations summarizing what portions of those plan need to be integrated into the CEZ. Staff will continue to collect those worksheets and begin to blend them into a master document.
      • January: Committee meets to review the draft master document and identify gaps in information.
      • February: One final look at the master document before the March Public Open House. Also prepare for what we need to convey to the public as well as gather from the Public.
      • March Open House
      • April/May: consider and incorporate relevant feedback and have the plan and boundary adopted by council
      • May/June: Seek Dept of Commerce and Dept of Revenue approval
Objectives/Outcomes and/or Deliverable
  • Adopted an adjusted timeline (see below) /li>
  • Final Draft Map - no changes (PDF 482 KB)
  • Final Draft Charter - no changes (PDF 104 KB)
  • Better understanding of what information will be incorporated from existing plan
November & December - No Meeting

Committee members will continue to review plans and submit worksheet citations summarizing what portions of those plan need to be integrated into the CEZ. Staff will continue to collect those worksheets and begin to blend them into a master document.

January 2018 - Date TBD

Committee meets to review the draft master document and identify gaps in information.

February 2018 - Date TBD

One final look at the master document before the March Public Open House. Also prepare for what we need to convey to the public as well as gather from the Public.

March Public Open House - Date TBD

Share with the public the work conducted this far, why it is important, and what the plan hopes to achieve—gather community feedback.

April/May - No Meeting

Staff will consider and incorporate relevant feedback and will work to have the plan and boundary adopted by council through the public hearing process.

May/June - No Meeting

Staff will submit plan to Departments of Commerce and Revenue.


Contact Information

Teri Stripes
Planning & Development Services
509.625.6597
tstripes@spokanecity.org

Plans/Reports to Incorporate

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