In 1999 the City adopted its first Downtown Plan, Charting the Future, a vision and policy document that guides development and public projects in the City's only Regional Center. Updated every 10 years, the Downtown Plan is functionally part of the Comprehensive Plan, the long-range plan for the growth of the entire city. The first update to the Plan, Fast Forward Spokane, was adopted in 2008. The second update to the Plan, Downtown Central, is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
Historically, the Downtown Plan has included major policy descriptions and schematic development standards for future development in the downtown. Many exciting opportunities have occurred over the life of the plan, including Kendall Yards, the Convention Center expansion, and the Spokane Transit Authority plaza update. The Downtown Plan has been a key part of those opportunities becoming distinct successes in the growth and vitality of the downtown.
This year's update will focus the most on integrating the Central City Line into downtown planning and will also look at the future of the North Bank as it continues to develop into a key part of the downtown. Minor topics to be addressed include but are not limited to: updated catalytic development opportunities; activated alleyways; district naming and identity; integration of the ongoing Downtown Parking Study; connections to adjacent areas; and vacant office space.
The plan area boundary for the 2018 Downtown Plan Update is shown below:
The 2018 Downtown Plan Update will promote the livelihood of Downtown for future generations through a strategic, coordinated community effort. City staff will be conducting recurring meetings through summer 2018 with a Steering Committee, made up of local stakeholders and key public representatives, and a Technical Committee, comprised of technical staff from the City and partner agencies.
The 2018 Downtown Plan will also implement a continuous public engagement strategy. A combined kickoff event regarding Downtown Central, Downtown Parking Study, Spokane Regional Sportsplex, University District Development Association, Spokane Transit Authority, and other partner agencies and projects will be held on Monday, May 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Riverfront Park near the Rotary Fountain. Check back here for more details on this exciting event soon!
Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information or with questions. Our dedicated Downtown Plan Update staff are listed in the sidebar to the right.