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Grand Boulevard Transportation & Land Use Study

The Grand District on Spokane's South Hill is bustling and vibrant, attracting new public and private investments. The core business district south of 29th has gotten busier over time. The City launched transportation and land use studies in fall 2019 to respond to neighborhood feedback, as well as community desires for improved streetscape features and safe active transportation choices. As the neighborhoods around the Grand Boulevard business district continue to grow, the City wants to be sure to support opportunities for sustainable improvement and growth in the area. The two studies are coordinated and intended to develop recommendations to address the future needs of this neighborhood business district.

The transportation evaluation focuses on the core of the business district on Grand between 29th and 34th Avenues. The land use study sub area is bounded by 27th Avenue, 39th Avenue, Latawah and Arthur.

What's Happening Now

An online survey is now available!This is another tool for gathering community insights about the Grand Blvd project area (study area map in the sidebar), building on public input from the October 2019 Community Open House. Everyone with an interest in the project may respond to the survey at this link. The survey will be open until January 31, 2020 and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Survey questions are intended to help develop a broad understanding of the different experiences people have living, working, shopping, traveling in, and using the 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 to shape the project.

Survey responses will be compiled and reported out along with other information and data, as building blocks for the second Community Meeting in the first quarter of 2020. Scheduling details will be made available in January. In the meantime, please share the survey link and provide responses by January 31. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9X6SFC6.

Grand Blvd Study Area Map

The Grand Boulevard planning public process kicked off October 21 and 22 with a community meeting and walking tour. The word cloud (left) reflects a few of the words or phrases people used as they talked about their experiences traveling Grand Boulevard. There is also a great video of the events - click on the video in the sidebar to see the walking tour in a chilly October rain! You can add your name to a mailing list for updates or email your comments at any time to: grandboulevardplan@spokanecity.org

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.

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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.