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4 positions available on Spokane Valley Planning Commission

Thu., Nov. 19, 2009

City officials are taking applications for four positions on the seven-member Spokane Valley Planning Commission.

One position would require a chosen applicant to take over the two-year unexpired term of Tom Towey, who will have to resign at the end of the year when he advances to the City Council.

Towey ran unopposed in this month’s general election for the council position being vacated by Dick Denenny.

Three incumbent planning commissioners – Marcia Sands, John Carroll and Rustin Hall – are seeking reappointment to full three-year terms, but other applicants may challenge them.

Hall was appointed Oct. 13 to the position vacated Aug. 4 when Ian Robertson took a vacancy on the City Council. Hall’s inherited term expires Dec. 31 along with Carroll’s and Sands’ terms.

Mayor Rich Munson is filling all the positions Dec. 15, subject to City Council approval.

City officials say applicants must live in the city and should have some interest or background in land-use planning. The commission generally meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month to formulate its recommendations to the City Council.

Application forms are available at the “Volunteer Opportunities” link on the city’s Web site,, or by calling City Clerk Chris Bainbridge at (509) 688-0177.

Applications must be submitted to Bainbridge by 4 p.m. Nov. 30.

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