South Logan TOD Project

South Logan TOD Studio Save the Date

Overview

The City of Spokane is planning for mixed-use, walkable development along the City Line, Spokane's first bus rapid transit route. The South Logan Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Project will create a vision for the South Logan area of the Logan Neighborhood to support more connectivity for the community, businesses, and organizations. The project is also part of the City's ongoing efforts to enhance housing options, affordability, and mixed-use development in areas with good access to daily needs, services, and jobs. The project will focus around three City Line stations: McCarthey Athletic Center Station, Desmet Station, and Columbus Station. The outcome will be a plan and policies, based on community vision, that provide a coordinated framework and development approach for the South Logan area. The project is expected to begin in summer 2022, with final adoption by City Council anticipated in summer 2023.

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Get Involved

The South Logan TOD Project will build on community engagement through ongoing and previous planning efforts and include broad engagement with current residents and community members, neighborhood institutions and advocates, property owners, businesses, key institutional and organizational stakeholders, influencers and investors, and agency partners. As we get the project underway, we want to hear from the community throughout the process. Connect with us through the following ways:

  • Sign up to receive email updates about this project.
  • Connect with the project by emailing us at southlogantod@spokanecity.org.
  • Stay tuned! Check this page for more opportunities to get involved and share your ideas.
South Logan TOD Community Planning Studio

The South Logan TOD community planning studio is happening September 20-22, 2022. It will feature 3 days of intensive studio work and 2 community workshops in the evening of September 20 and September 22. The studio will be hosted in the SIERR building (850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd) and is open to the public. You can drop in at any time during the open studio to learn about the project, offer ideas, and chat with the project team about future possibilities for the South Logan area. You can also take a survey or leave written comments on maps or materials in the studio. For full details of the events, please download the Community Planning Studio Agenda (PDF 95 KB).

Tuesday, September 20:

  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Open Studio and Stakeholder Interviews
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Community Workshop #1 – build a shared understanding and vision. (Join online via Zoom.)

Wednesday, September 21:

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Open Studio and Stakeholder Interviews

Thursday, September 22:

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open Studio and Stakeholder Interviews
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Community Workshop #2 – evaluate concepts and strategies. (Join online via Zoom.)

Parking is available onsite and the area is served by STA bus routes Lidgerwood/26 and Nevada/28.

All are welcome to attend, and there will be activities for kids. Light refreshments will also be provided. For questions about the event or to inquire about accommodations and accessibility, please contact City of Spokane Planning Services at 509.625.6500.

Project Scope

City Planning will work with a consultant team and the community to review zoning and study environmental impacts of planned development in advance to streamline permit processing times, through the creation of a subarea plan and environmental impact statement (EIS). City Council’s final adoption by ordinance will likely result in changes to land use regulations and creation of new development opportunities.

Major project components include:

  • Review land use, zoning, and design standards to increase variety of allowable housing types and mixed-use development.
  • Identify public infrastructure needs, including water, to support development in the area.
  • Address development code changes needed to increase residential capacity and include a market analysis to help the City better understand the overall potential.
  • Identify anti-displacement and equitable transit-oriented development strategies to preserve and expand housing affordability, protect residents from rising costs, connect people to opportunities, and support local businesses.
  • Conduct a comprehensive analysis of environmental impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures with a planned action environmental impact statement (EIS).

Study Area

The study area is focused on areas up to ½ mile around three City Line Stations in the South Logan area of the Logan Neighborhood: McCarthey Athletic Center Station, Desmet Station, and Columbus Station. This area includes the Hamilton Street Corridor, Gonzaga University, the new UW and Gonzaga health sciences center, Mission Avenue Historic District, local businesses and organizations, Mission Park, Upriver Park, Centennial Trail, and the Spokane River. The study area will provide the basis for community discussions on transit-oriented development and supportive policies. Through the process with community input, a more defined project area will be identified for environmental review and analysis of alternatives for planned development.

Study Area Map

Presentations and Materials

Background

The South Logan TOD Project is the next phase of planning along The City Line, following the City’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Framework Study. The TOD Framework Study identifies strategies best suited to Spokane for supporting development along new High-Performance Transit lines. To read the final report and recommendations, please see the Action Plan on the TOD Framework Study page. For more information about The City Line, visit the STA’s City Line website.

The 2021 Washington Legislature appropriated $2.5 million for cities to facilitate transit-oriented development in areas high-capacity transit. The City of Spokane was once of 11 communities to be awarded $250,000 in grant funds from the Transit-Oriented Development and Implementation (TODI) grant program through the WA Dept. of Commerce.

What is TOD?

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a model for planning development with a diversity of land uses— housing, shopping and employment that are located along a network pedestrian and bicycle-oriented streets within a ½ mile of high-performance transit lines. Key characteristics of TOD include active street frontages with daily-needs goods, services and residential opportunities near transit stations. These characteristics encourage pedestrian activity and enhance neighborhood access to resources, supporting local economic growth and resiliency.

Transit also helps improve equity and affordability to deliver greater benefits to a diverse range of residents. Equitable transit-oriented development, or ETOD, goes farther to help ensure people experience the benefits of transit, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, age, gender, or disability. When centered on social inclusion and community wealth building, ETOD can be a driver of positive transformation for more vibrant, prosperous, and resilient neighborhoods connected to opportunities throughout the city and region and can help prevent displacement of current residents in development. As the City of Spokane continues to focus on TOD, the City can further identify ETOD policies and guidance to represent a vision to equitably share the benefits of transit for all.

What is a subarea plan?

A subarea plan is a strategy, based on a community’s vision for an area, intended to make effective use of public and private investments to further that vision. Subarea plans are detailed plans for a smaller geographic area within a larger community and are used to recognize and/or create unique districts and neighborhoods within an already defined or planned area.

What is a "Planned Action"?

"Planned Actions" are authorized under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA - RCW 43.21C.030) and allows local governments to review potential impacts of development in a defined geographic area during the planning stage, rather than the development review stage. The review is conducted in sufficient detail to allow the analysis to be adopted by applicants for development permits within the planned action boundary. After completion of the environmental impact statement (EIS) and adoption of a planned action ordinance by City Council, future development proposals that are consistent with the EIS and ordinance do not require additional SEPA review. Ultimately it is the City Council who will have the final authority to adopt the planned action and consistent development projects.

The advantage of the Planned Action process is an increase in certainty and predictability, and a decrease in permit processing time. This can result in improved economic development opportunities that are more responsive to community needs and market context, and implementation of adopted plans.

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Contact Information

Maren Murphy, AICP
Associate Planner
mmurphy@spokanecity.org
509.625.6737

Tirrell Black, AICP
Principal Planner
tblack@spokanecity.org
509.625.6185

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