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Planning Commish punts some cluster rules

Some proposed changes in rural housing developments known as clusters will have to be decided by Spokane County commissioners. The county planning commission, with only four of its seven members present, deadlocked Thursday on some of the more controversial changes, including whether to ban the developments in what’s known as small tract agricultural zones.

If all that makes you go “Huh?”, you probably live in a city, where changes in the suburban and rural landscape are something you notice on that yearly trip to Green Bluff to buy apples and pumpkins.

But it is a hot topic in rural areas. Simply put, cluster development is a practice of grouping the yards and homes into one or two spots on a large tract of land and leaving the rest of it open, as opposed to subdividing it into larger lots spread out across the whole tract. In some cases, a developer can get extra housing parcels, but in others they get the same number of houses, just not so spread out.

Some think clusters are a good thing; others think of them with the Army term that starts with cluster and ends with a word that in military jargon is “foxtrot.”

Thursday, the Planning Commission split 2-2 …

In a cluster?

The Spokane County Planning Commission has a hearing Thursday morning on clusters.

Not the vegetative kind, although these do affect rural areas. Not the Army ordinance kind, although the issue could be explosive.

The hearing involves rural cluster development, which is a way to shift current county zoning rules for large lots. Right now, property in certain rural zones is limited to one house for every 10 or 20 acres; cluster zoning would allow a developer to concentrate the homes in one part of a large parcel if there are large tracts of “open space” in the rest of the development.

There’s more to it than that, of course. You can read about it here.

Hearing starts at 9 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, which is in the basement of the Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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