Infill Housing Strategies/Infill Development

Focus Group meeting june 30, 2016

Announcements

Facebook Live Online Open House
Infill Development Code Revisions
7:00 AM, Thursday, November 16, 2017
View on the City's Facebook account

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.

What's Happening Now

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." Please find recommendations and other documents available for download under Other Documents, below.

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 some of the recommended revisions to the Unified Development Code related to topics such as Cottage Housing, transition buffers, Pocket Residential Development, Unit Lot Subdivision, and parking near defined types of transit.

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.

Description of Project

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.

Background

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.

Get Involved

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.

Related Documents

Code Revisions – Cottage Housing, Pocket Residential, Compact Lots

Infill Development 2016 Steering Committee Documents

Related Links


Contact Information

Written comments should be mailed, delivered, or emailed to:

Nathan Gwinn, Primary Contact
Assistant Planner
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201-3329
509.625.6893
ngwinn@spokanecity.org

Omar Akkari
Urban Designer
509.625.6146
oakkari@spokanecity.org