Part of a massive housing project planned around Shelley Lake is up for public review.
The developer, N & H Investments of Spokane, has asked Spokane County for a permit to build trails, exercise stations and some homes on the shores of the lake.
County commissioners will hold a public hearing on the request Aug. 29.
That meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the public works building, 1026 W. Broadway.
Late last year, commissioners approved the concept for the Shelley Lake development.
Plans call for 243 single-family houses and 200 apartment units on 123 acres surrounding the shallow lake.
The property is east of Central Valley High School, off Sullivan Road.
The developer will be able to go ahead with most of the project even if commissioners deny the shoreline permit, said Tom Mosher of the county’s planning department.
At worst, N & H wouldn’t be able to build anything within 200 feet of the lake, Mosher said.
But commissioners are likely to approve the permit.
The lake itself was not an issue during public hearings on the development held last year.
The public has never been able to legally use the lake because it lies on private property, Mosher said, so loss of access is not a point of debate.
Increased traffic was the main concern of people who opposed the project.
“This is about as close to a no-brainer as it gets, I think,” Mosher said.
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