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Grand Boulevard Transportation & Zoning Analysis

The City of Spokane is launching an effort to consider possible changes to transportation and zoning in the business district along Grand Boulevard south of 29th Avenue.

Spokane's South Hill continues to be a vibrant area in the Spokane community; the area is seeing continued development and improvement projects. 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 this area.

A transportation and zoning analysis for the business district on Grand Boulevard will get under way in August. This study will allow for recommended improvements to meet the anticipated needs and growth of this neighborhood business district.

The study will evaluate Grand Boulevard south of 29th Avenue. The transportation work will focus on the core of the business district on Grand between 29th and 34th avenues. The zoning analysis sub‑area will be 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). Everyone with an interest in the project may respond to the survey at this link. The survey will be open until January 19, 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 early 2020. The second meeting will be designed with opportunities to start putting the pieces together to generate a vision, different ideas, and potential actions. Scheduling details will be made available in January. In the meantime, please share the survey link and provide responses by January 19. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9X6SFC6.

Grand Blvd Study Area Map

The Grand Boulevard planning project kicked off October 21 and 22 with a community meeting and walking tour. The word cloud below 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 & Zoning Analysis will require coordinated community effort by local stakeholders, key public representatives, technical staff from partner agencies, and City staff. The City is in the process of hiring a consultant to help conduct the analysis.

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

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 and zoning boundaries 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, Rockwood and Manito/Cannon Hill neighborhoods have all been in support of 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.