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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.

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

Melissa Wittstruck
Assistant Planner
mwittstruck@spokanecity.org

Inga Note
Senior Traffic Planning Engineer
inote@spokanecity.org

Items of Interest

Grand Boulevard Transportation and Zoning Analysis Handout

View the handout (PDF 286 KB)