City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.190
Section 17C.190.420

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.190 Use Category Descriptions

Article V. Institutional Categories

Section 17C.190.420 Community Services
  1. Characteristics.

Community Services are uses of a public, nonprofit or charitable nature generally providing a local service to people of the community. Generally, they provide the service on the site or have employees at the site on a regular basis. The service is ongoing, not just for special events. Community centers or facilities that have membership provisions are open to the general public to join at any time, (for instance, any senior citizen could join a senior center). The use may provide mass shelter or short-term housing where tenancy may be arranged for periods of less than one month when operated by a public or nonprofit agency. The use may also provide special counseling, education or training of a public, nonprofit or charitable nature.

  1. Accessory Uses.

Accessory uses may include offices; meeting areas; food preparation areas; parking, health and therapy areas; daycare uses; and athletic facilities.

  1. Examples.

Examples include libraries, museums, senior centers, community centers, publicly owned swimming pools, youth club facilities, hospices, ambulance stations, drug and alcohol centers, social service facilities, mass shelters or short-term housing when operated by a public or nonprofit agency, vocational training for the physically or mentally disabled, crematoriums, columbariums, mausoleums, soup kitchens and surplus food distribution centers.

  1. Exceptions.
    1. Private lodges, clubs and private or commercial athletic or health clubs are classified as Retail Sales and Service. Commercial museums (such as a wax museum) are in Retail Sales and Service.
    1. Parks are in Parks and Open Areas.
    1. Uses where tenancy is arranged on a month-to-month basis, or for a longer period are residential, and are classified as Residential Household or Group Living.
    1. Public safety facilities are classified as Basic Utilities.

Date Passed: Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Effective Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2005

ORD C33636 Section 3