City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.124
Section 17C.124.580

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.580 Plazas and Other Open Spaces
  1. Purpose.

To provide a pedestrian-friendly environment by creating a variety of usable and interesting open spaces within private development.

  1. Plazas and Other Open Spaces Implementation.
    1. New or renovated buildings over forty thousand square feet shall have plazas, courtyards, or other pedestrian spaces at or near their main entrances. (R)
    1. Plazas and other open spaces shall be a minimum of one square foot of plaza per one hundred square feet of building area. This area may count toward the interior landscaping required. (P)
    1. Plazas, courtyards, and other pedestrian space shall include at least three of the following: (P)
      1. Special interest landscape.
      1. Pedestrian scale bollard or other accent lighting.
      1. Special paving, such as colored/stained concrete, brick, or other unit paver.
      1. Artwork.
      1. Seating, such as benches, tables, or low seating walls.
      1. Water feature.


Plaza with seating located at main entrance


Landscaping and enhances plaza/courtyard area

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1