After three years of planning and public participation to provide a vision and road map for Spokane Valley’s future, and nearly the million invested, SARP is about to be gutted by our newly elected officials.
Decrying the economic downturn and suggesting that businesses will never want to invest in our city center, they have proposed an emergency ordinance to scrap the vision. They’re looking to change the zoning from a civic and cultural destination spot to mixed use (think convenience stores and car lots) and to eliminate all language related to a City Center from the plan.
You might say, “OK, they must have a better plan.” Actually, they have no plan. Nor do they seem to have any vision for our city other than to dismantle it piece by piece until we are no longer a viable city but again a bedroom community (think disincorporation).
So I’m asking all past transition teams, committee chairs and citizens that helped to craft this vision to again step up and help keep the vision alive. We must attend the next two council meetings and let the City Council know that this is unacceptable.
Dee Dee Loberg