Inland Empire Paper Co. is seeking approval of a plan to subdivide 104 acres in Greenacres for a new housing development called River Glen.
Twenty homes would be built off Euclid and Campbell, approximately one mile east of Barker Road along the north side of the Spokane River.
A strip of state-owned land separates the River Glen property from the river, but nearly all of the building lots would have river views.
The proposed lots range in size from 1.5 acres to nearly 6 acres, said Spokane County associate planner Louis Webster. Most homes would be situated on two-acre parcels.
The 104-acre parcel is zoned semirural residential, which allows five-acre residential plots. The smaller lots are allowed because River Glen would be a planned unit development, with more than 10 percent of the land left as undeveloped open space.
Plans call for approximately 53 of the 104 acres to be left undeveloped, with all building lots adjacent to the open, common areas, Webster said.
“We’re trying to do something pretty nice,” said Wayne Andresen, vice president and general manager of Inland Empire Paper Co. Clustering homes and leaving large open spaces allowed River Glen’s designers to take advantage of the site’s river views, Andresen said.
If the proposed planned unit development is approved, Andresen said, the paper company would probably sell the property to a developer rather than build River Glen itself.
A mitigated determination of nonsignificance was issued for the River Glen project, Webster said. In order for the project to be approved, Inland Empire Paper Co. must agree to contribute to several traffic projects relating to River Glen, he said. Those include the widening of Harvard Road in Otis Orchards.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: HEARING SET A public hearing on the preliminary plat of River Glen is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the county Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway.