Spokane's urban forest is a unique environmental asset to the City. Trees within the City limits produce oxygen and filter airborne pollutants, save energy costs, and reduce storm water runoff, among other benefits.
With this in mind, the Spokane City Council passed a Title 12 Urban Forestry Ordinance in April of 2019 that committed the City of Spokane to three new urban forestry aspirational goals:
The PLANT Ordinance builds off the Title 12 Urban Forestry Ordinance. It seeks to help the City achieve its goal of reaching 30% canopy by 2030 by amending Title 17 of the Spokane Municipal Code to:
The PLANT Ordinance is the first step toward achieving the aspirational goals established in the Title 12 Urban Forestry Ordinance. It demonstrates the City's continued commitment to both preserve and enhance its urban canopy in order to reach 30% canopy coverage by 2030.
The Plan Commission will be reviewing a draft amendment to Spokane Municipal Code on Wednesday, August 14th beginning at 2:00 p.m. This is a workshop session – no public testimony will be taken. The intent of the August 14th workshop is to introduce the plan commission to the proposed amendments. A second Plan Commission Workshop is scheduled for September 25th. A Plan Commission Hearing on this amendment is tentatively scheduled for October 23, 2019. This project website will updated with additional information upon confirmation of a Plan Commission Workshop and Hearing dates.
Public meetings have been scheduled as an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the proposed amendments.
Legislative Assistant to Council Member Lori Kinnear