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Grand Boulevard Transportation & Land Use Study

The Draft Grand Boulevard Transportation and Land Use Study is now available! Plan Commission held a workshop June 24 and a July 8 virtual hearing to provide for public comment. The Plan Commission hearing was extended to July 22 to allow additional opportunity for public testimony, as we are all experiencing a bit of a learning curve with the many online platforms. So far, City processes are using Webex and the links are included with agendas as we adjust to the health and safety issues associated with COVID – 19. Your patience is appreciated.

August 17 is the planned date for the Grand Boulevard Study to head to City Council for consideration of a resolution approving the Study, once Plan Commission completes their hearing and deliberations July 22.

If you are on the Grand Boulevard email list you will receive all hearing notices and agendas, as well as the link to the virtual meeting to listen in and how to comment. You can always email comments in, too.

If you are not sure you are on the distribution list, or would like to be added, please email Melissa Wittstruck, project co-lead, at mwittstruck@spokanecity.org.

It has been quite the journey launching the Grand Boulevard Study and now bringing it decision-makers. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Grand Boulevard Transportation and Land Use Study. Your comments and participation at workshops and Open Houses has been key to developing this Study. Although no projects are currently funded for implementation, this study will function as a platform for future public improvement work in the Grand District Center, including City projects and future Sacajawea Middle School, and a useful guide for private developers looking at projects in this area.

Your comments, concerns, issues, the places you feel are important and valued, and what you hope to see in the future are all very important for both Plan Commission, and eventually, City Council to hear. Please continue to email your feedback and questions, or let us know if you would like to be added to the email distribution list for upcoming notices of meetings. Sign up for emails, or check back for further updates soon!

Process

The Grand Boulevard Transportation & Land Use Study will require a coordinated community effort by local stakeholders, key public representatives, technical staff from partner agencies, and City staff. The City also has a consultant team to help complete several analyses, including transportation.

A continuous public engagement strategy will be key to the study. Please look for opportunities to participate in public engagement opportunities starting fall of 2019.

Here are the elements of the study:

  • REVIEW: Traffic patterns & safety on Grand Blvd.
  • DEVELOP: Understanding of bicycle & pedestrian needs.
  • EVALUATE: Concepts of lane reduction, bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and green infrastructure. Analyze residential & retail data and conduct market analysis for redevelopment potential.
  • STUDY: Land use designations and patterns of use with Comprehensive Plan goals in mind.

The City has collected traffic data, including bike and pedestrian counts while school was in session.

Background

The need for this study was identified over the last few years. In December 2017, the Spokane City Council adopted Resolution 2017 0105 in support of such a study. The Comstock allocated traffic calming dollars and Rockwood and Manito/Cannon Hill neighborhoods also support this work.

More Information

Study Presentations and Documents


Contact Information

Send Comments Here
grandboulevardplan@spokanecity.org

Melissa Wittstruck
Assistant Planner
mwittstruck@spokanecity.org

Inga Note
Senior Traffic Planning Engineer
inote@spokanecity.org

Items of Interest

View the Grand Boulevard Project Plan video.