Northwest and Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Planning


In 2007 the City of Spokane allocated $550,000 for the purposes of helping each of the neighborhoods develop their own neighborhood plans, resulting in approximately $21,150 for each neighborhood. In 2017 the City initiated the process for the Northwest and Audubon-Downriver neighborhoods in coordination with the Neighborhood Councils.

Following a series of meetings in 2017 and 2018, the neighborhood councils decided to pool their neighborhood planning resources, identified the need to develop a long-range plan for the Shadle Area. The process will review land uses; identify pedestrian and multimodal improvements; examine traffic-calming measures; and explore opportunities related to existing parks and recreational features. The outcome will help improve walkability, public safety, access to services, and overall neighborhood character. The schedule requires a completed plan to be approved by City Council by the end of 2019.

Project Updates

Northwest/Audubon Timeline

The Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council and Northwest Neighborhood Council launched the Shadle area community planning effort in 2019. This is a cooperative effort between the neighborhood councils and the City to help shape a community vision for the Shadle district center. The next step for this important process is a series of input opportunities and public engagement studios designed to shape, refine, and review the vision for the future of the area.

Community Survey

We invite you to share your input on how you use the Shadle area and what opportunities you see for improvement in a brief online survey. The survey is anonymous and open to all across Spokane.

Upcoming Activities

Concerts Under the Pines
Connect with the Shadle area plan at the Summer Concert Series. All concerts start at 6:30 p.m.

  • July 11, Shadle Park – Lilac City Community Band
  • July 18, Audubon Park – Pamela Benton
  • July 25, Audubon Park – The Step Brothers
  • August 1, Shadle Park – Men of Rhythm

Public Open House

  • August 5, Shadle Public Library, 6-8 p.m.

Joint Neighborhood Council Meeting
Review recommendations at a joint meeting with the Audubon-Downriver and Northwest Neighborhood Councils

  • September 19, Finch Elementary School (3717 N Milton Street), 7-8 p.m.

Media Releases

Tell Us How the Shadle Area Should Develop and Grow (June 4, 2019)


Shape the Shadle Area at Neighborhood Concerts (July 12, 2019)

Craft a Vision for the Shadle Area! (May 31, 2019)

Guest Blog Post: Transforming the Shadle Area (May 22, 2019)

Previous Activities

Shadle Area Plan Studio
June 11-13, 2019

Vision Community Workshop
June 11, 2019

Concepts Community Workshop
June 13, 2019

Abbreviated Planning Process Workshop #1
May 31, 2018

Neighborhood Orientation Meeting #1
November 14, 2017

Neighborhood Orientation Meeting #2
November 21, 2017

Neighborhood Orientation Meeting #3
November 28, 2017

Related Documents

Meeting Notes

Steering Committee Team Members

  • Fran Papenleur – Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Chair
  • Jeff Stevens – Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Vice Chair
  • Victor Frazier – Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood
  • Andrea Kilgore – Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood
  • Melody Dunn – Northwest Neighborhood Chair
  • Wayne Clemm – Northwest Neighborhood
  • Larry Peck – Northwest Neighborhood
  • JD "Doug" Prendergast – Northwest Neighborhood
  • Kathy Fitchner – Northwest Neighborhood Community Assembly Representative

Contact Information

Maren Murphy, AICP
Community Programs Coordinator
Neighborhood & Planning Services

Jeff Stevens
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council