Infill Housing Strategies/Infill Development

Focus Group meeting june 30, 2016


Plan Commission Public Hearing
Infill Code Revisions – Attached Housing, Height, and Parking Setbacks
4:00 PM, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Spokane City Hall – Council Chambers
808 West Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA

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." In spring 2018, the City invites input on proposed regulations for attached housing dimension standards in residential zones; parking area setback transitions abutting residential zones; and maximum wall height specifically in the Residential Multifamily (RMF) zone. A limited height exception is also proposed above the roof height to allow additional height for pitched roofs in the RMF and Residential High Density (RHD) zones. As part of discussions during the public participation process, this height exception proposal was modified to allow inhabited space within the portion of the building above the height limit.

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.

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.


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 – Attached Homes, Parking Transitions, Wall Height

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

Omar Akkari
Urban Designer