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City Plans Meetings To Get Input On Growth Strategies

How will the Spokane of the future look?

For two years, Spokane Horizons volunteers have worked to create goals and policies for the city’s new comprehensive plan.

Now the city is asking for public comment on two growth strategies. Should the city continue growing outward, or should future growth be more focused?

Public meetings are scheduled throughout the city during March. Each will last just one hour. City planners will be available to answer questions.

For those who can’t attend a meeting or want to discuss the two strategies with smaller groups, a video is available at the downtown library and all library branches. The video is also available by calling the city at 625-6060.

On the North Side, public meetings will be held at:

Shadle Park library, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and at noon Monday, March 16.

Salk Middle School, 6 and 7:15 p.m., March 16.

Hillyard library, March 19, noon, 2, 4 and 5 p.m.

Presentations are also scheduled at the downtown library March 19 at noon, 3 and 5:30 p.m.

Citizens League

“Whatever Happened to Wiley’s Grocery Store?” is the topic of the next Brew Pub sponsored by the Citizens League of Greater Spokane. The public discussion begins at 5:30 tonight at Europa Pizzaria downtown.

The public is invited to share opinions and ideas about how to return retail services to neighborhoods. What are key roles for developers, banks and community organizations?

The brew pub concept is intended to stimulate conversation and provide ways of exploring issues in a casual, informative way without formal presentations, agendas or homework.

Greg Sweeney, a member of the Citizens League, said efforts are being made to encourage smaller, local retailers to participate in the conversation.

More information is available by calling 326-1129.

, DataTimes