City Launches Beta Version of Development Factors Map Application
The Development Factors Map Application is an interactive web based tool that identifies sites with development potential based on Spokane County Assessor parcel data and other factors. To respond to constant change, community policies define how and where different types of building activity may occur. This map tool helps citizens understand where new development could occur throughout the city based on existing information.
The City of Spokane is working on regulations that will address development of vacant lots and parcels in already built-up areas—also called "infill development." In January 2018, the City adopted an ordinance revising its regulations for cottage housing, pocket residential development, and compact lot standards, which will become effective on March 8, 2018.
Current work includes mapping tools and other resources to provide information about available land and benefits of development near built-up areas, as well as continued work on some of the recommended revisions to the Unified Development Code.
Following the first phase of implementation, the City will conduct future phases focused on additional information, incentives, and further code changes to ensure quality design that responds to neighborhood context.
Spokane has many vacant lots in developed areas and a growing population with changing needs. A series of 24 recommended actions to address residential and commercial development on vacant lots in now built-up areas of Spokane provide a guide for next-level planning efforts. The recommendations range from actions that will promote context sensitivity—which helps ensure that design of new development responds harmoniously to established neighborhood character—to actions that will promote partnerships and incentives to encourage growth in designated centers and other appropriate areas where residential and mixed-use growth is encouraged.
In 2016, a subcommittee of the Spokane City Plan Commission engaged a steering committee comprised of 16 developers, design contractors, community representatives, and leaders, to ask what changes are needed to encourage high-quality housing and commercial development in appropriate designated areas of Spokane, and to determine why developers chose not to use certain innovative housing development methods that had been previously enacted in City Code. The outcome of this public process was a list of recommendations that addressed issues for development of vacant lots near the city's core. The Spokane City Council adopted a resolution in November 2016 to use the recommendations as guidance and to distinguish strategies of primary importance.
The public is invited to participate by attending scheduled meetings and providing written comments throughout the process. City staff encourages the public to contact the Planning and Development Department for information.