Link Spokane

The approved Comprehensive Plan 2017 along with the final Transportation Chapter is available at the following link: https://my.spokanecity.org/shapingspokane/comprehensive-plan/

Integrating Transportation and City Utility Infrastructure Planning

LINK Spokane is the tagline for the process of updating the City's Transportation Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. This update has focused heavily on "linking" the City's approach to street and utility infrastructure projects. For more information review the LINK Spokane story below.

Pedestrian Master Plan

Walking is the most fundamental transportation choice -- the starting place for all journeys, even as people walk to their cars, transit, or bicycle to move between the places they visit throughout a day.

Spokane, like cities across the country is choosing to redesign its streets. These redesigns can provide a high quality barrier free walking environment that supports increased levels of physical activity, important connections to transit, and more transportation options for all. Of particular note in considering these changes is that the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 2000) is expecting diverse shared mobility options. According to the 2010 Census, the 85.4 million Millennials who make up close to 28% of the total U.S. population are traveling differently. Compared to their parents' generation, Millennials are:

  • Purchasing fewer cars and driving less
  • Not obtaining their driver's license
  • Biking, walking, and taking transit more

The Pedestrian Master Plan includes the following sections to support a more walkable Spokane:

  • Goals for the pedestrian environment
  • Description of the basic elements of providing a quality pedestrian experience
  • Assessment of existing conditions for walking today
  • Recommended policies and actions

The Plan also provides a number of relevant best practices which are intended to serve as a toolbox for Spokane as it addresses key pedestrian improvements. The best practices should be used to inform opportunities to improve and enhance Spokane's existing pedestrian environment.

Learn more about the Pedestrian Master Plan

Freight Movement in Spokane

On February 24, 2015, a workshop meeting was convened to engage in discussions and provide information in relation to Link Spokane and regional activities concerning freight and goods mobility. Providers of freight and goods mobility services along with local agencies were invited to participate and present. In the coming months, there will be additional activities planned for of this work group and opportunities for additional discussions.

The movement of goods by freight trucks, trains, and planes is vital to the economic success of Spokane. It is also important to balance this movement of freight with the needs of a safe, livable community.

More than half of Spokane's freight is moved by truck, about 40% is moved by rail, and the remainder moves by airfreight. Freight moving through the city and local deliveries are vital components of our local and regional economy. For freight passing through Spokane, major freight corridors are necessary to expedite the movement of goods and to concentrate heavy vehicle circulation on urban streets. In Spokane, the major freight corridors are North Market Street, North Greene Street, North Freya Street, and I-90. We need to balance local freight streets in such a way that respects the needs of goods movement, while maintaining safety and comfort for other users.

Below is a list of presentations from the meeting:

Six-year Comprehensive Street Program

The Six-Year Comprehensive Street Program lists projects that are scheduled for design and construction, and which have received dedicated funding. The Transportation Subcommittee has worked closely with city staff to bring together a prioritization matrix for arterial streets. This scoring matrix has been applied to all arterial streets that have not recently been reconstructed through the bond or other grant programs.

Previous Drafts

The version below has been updated to clarify level-of-service standards and the financially constrained project list.

Below is the link to the meeting material being presented at the January 25, 2017 Plan Commission meeting.

Policy Advisory Group (PAG)

Plan Commission Presentations

Existing Conditions

Background Information

Shaping Spokane – the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Spokane has been working for some time on the scheduled 2017 update to the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision for the City and a roadmap for Spokane's future that sets the framework for physical, social, and economic development of the City. As such, it provides guidance for city development – the major land uses, transportation systems, parks, open spaces, and centers for shopping and employment, as well as where investment in utilities, capital facilities, and services will be needed. On or before June 30, 2017, the City must complete its periodic update to ensure compliance with the Growth Management Act (GMA).

If you have questions, comments, or would like more information on the updates to the other chapters of the Comprehensive Plan, please visit the Shaping Spokane project page

Link Spokane Featured on Council Connection

Councilman Fagen hosted Link Spokane on the City Cable 5 program, Council Connection on February 6th, 2014. You can watch the video on Vimeo.

Transportation Tours

November 20, 2013

On November 5 and 6, 2013 three transportation tours with neighborhood representatives, City Council members, business leaders, technical staff, other community members, and a consultant team visited a variety of locations throughout the City. These transportation tours were an initial part of the Spokane Comprehensive Plan Transportation and Right-of-Way Chapter Update currently taking place.

The purpose of the transportation tours was to see and hear from stakeholders about the key transportation challenges and opportunities facing Spokane. Each tour focused on transportation current conditions, projects, challenges, and opportunities in each of the three districts of the city: northeast (District 1), south (District 2), and northwest (District 3). Tour routes brought participants to a variety of sites that exemplify the mixture of transportation infrastructure and land uses found throughout the city. Each tour included a diversity of stakeholders who shared their personal and professional opinions.

After each tour a participatory debrief was conducted where participants were asked to identify locations on maps with successful projects and places where improvements are needed. Additionally, participants filled out forms that prompted them to comment on what is being done well, what can be improved, and what investment priorities were identified.

Overall Observations
  • “Think Big- Spokane is worth it!”
  • “I think the City is moving beyond the 'car first, car only' mentality and is on the right track to promote multimodal and lower overall cost.”
What is being done well?
  • “Spokane is on the verge of making strides toward connectivity and integration of land use and transportation. Policy needs to be in place for this to be successful”
  • “Kendall Yards Master Plan is a great example of a fully integrated neighborhood.”
  • “Development in the downtown core of Spokane has transformed the heartbeat of our community, so well done.”
  • “Crestline water project and the totally integrated approach. (And yes, I still want my grass replaced in the spring.)”
What can be improved?
  • “Consider right-sizing (generally narrower) streets when doing maintenance and construction (ex.: Bernard from 29th to High Drive).”
  • “Complete the grid of streets in our neighborhoods”
  • “Sidewalks, sidewalks, sidewalks (you get the point)”
  • “Monroe!! Not safe for really anyone – driver or pedestrians”

View the full debrief summary (PDF 186 KB) or Transportation Best Practices (PDF 3.6 MB) discussed on the tours.

City Documents
SRTC Regional Model
Neighborhood/Area Planning
City Projects
Older Presentations

Contact Information

Mike Tresidder
Project Planner
509.625.6506
mtresidder@spokanecity.org

Louis Meuler
Planning and Development Services
509.625.6096
lmeuler@spokanecity.org

Katherine Miller
Public Works
509.625.6338
kemiller@spokanecity.org

Brandon Blankenagel
Public Works
509.625.6419
bblankenagel@spokanecity.org

Inga Note
Transportation
509.232.8813
inote@spokanecity.org