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Beacon Hill project gets city approval

Thu., Feb. 17, 2011

Hearing examiner puts conditions on residential plan

The Spokane hearing examiner has approved the preliminary plat and planned-unit development for the Beacon Hill project, as long as owners Pete Rayner and David Baker fulfill certain conditions as outlined by the city.

“Getting permitted is critical, but getting permitted in a way so you can financially move forward is also critical,” said Rayner. “We would have never started the project if we didn’t have the infrastructure put together the way it was supposed to when we started.”

Rayner is appealing the hearing examiner’s decision.

At the January hearing, Rayner and Baker maintained that the city had been stalling the project for more than a decade by delaying responses to various applications and changing zoning laws.

Another major issue is the development’s access to water and sewer.

The hearing examiner specified that a sewer line put in to serve another and never-completed development – Vistas at Beacon Hill – has not been inspected by the city and accepted into the city’s sewer system, leaving Beacon Hill responsible for all costs associated with constructing sewer improvements as necessary.

The city will provide a needed water tank when new development in the area makes it necessary. A water booster station must be constructed and paid for by the developer.

The hearing examiner stated that “in no case will any phase of this PUD/Plat be finalized until such a time as water pressure and design flows, both fire and domestic, meeting the city’s design standards, are available to serve the phase under construction.”

This preliminary approval is for the first phase of the Beacon Hill home development, south of Wellesley Avenue and east of Havana Street, and consists of 304 single and multifamily homes on 40.31 acres. The entire site is 182 acres and zoned for 3,000 residential units.

Civic and business organizations in nearby Hillyard are supportive of this development.

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