City of Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey has approved the preliminary plat of a development in the East Valley area that neighbors testified was too dense for the still somewhat rural area just inside the Spokane Valley city limits.
Land owners Lonnie and Janice Roth want to subdivide 9.5 acres in 41 single-family home lots. The land is on Mayhew Road north of Wellesley Avenue and west of Evergreen Road. Dempsey said the number of lots complies with the zoning in place on the land and that he has no authority to deny the preliminary plat if it meets those requirements.
Neighbors also said the new project would block their views and add too much traffic to narrow Mayhew Road. Dempsey wrote in his opinion that neighbors “did not submit competent traffic engineering evidence to rebut the expert traffic engineering findings.”
A map submitted along with the preliminary plat shows two new east-west streets, Olympic and Queen avenues, that would feed onto Mayhew Road. A new north-south street called Avalon Court would connect the two new streets.
The land owners will be required to widen Mayhew and add a sidewalk on the east side of Mayhew as well as on both sides of the new streets. Two new fire hydrants must be installed during devleopment.