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Housing Projects Nail Down Approval

Three proposals that will add 50 homes and a new sign in the Spokane Valley sailed through the county’s hearing examiner committee Thursday.

All three passed with unanimous support and very little debate.

Developer Tony Heaton received permission to subdivide 21 acres in the Northwood area into 39 single family lots.

The land is located east of Ella Street and south of Francis Avenue.

The Planning Department had recommended approval of the project, called Sommerset Vista.

A man living near the proposal said he was concerned about a lack of parks in the area and asked the committee members to consider that in their decision.

“I’m not one to cause a big hullabaloo, but this is something that needs attention,” Eric Elison said.

The committee acknowledged Elison’s concern and required Heaton to negotiate an agreement with the county Parks Department to either donate land or pay fees to offset the impact of his project.

Heaton will likely pay fees because the parks department has been reluctant to take land in the area because it is too hilly for a park.

Homestead Construction also had success with the committee.

The company received a zone change that allows it to turn three acres west of Evergreen Road and south of Valleyway into an 11-lot subdivision.

Duplexes may be developed on two of the lots. The rest will be for single-family homes.

No one opposed the development.

The committee also had no problems with a request by the Modern Electric Water Co. to erect a new sign at the company headquarters at N904 Pines.

The sign, which will go atop a 10-foot pole, will sport a 3-foot by 10-foot reader board and a 7-foot by 6-foot panel adorned with the company’s logo.