Stories tagged: Growth Management Act
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 10:50 P.M.
Bill could make it easier to find sites for new schools in rural Washington
School districts could have an easier time finding sites outside urban areas for new buildings under a bill moving through the Legislature.
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 10:37 P.M.
Hundreds of bills alive in Washington Legislature, but many more missed deadline
Hundreds of bills, including changes to driver’s licenses and tougher distracted driving rules, remain alive in the Legislature but many more failed to meet a crucial deadline
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 8:16 P.M.
Developer Douglass appeals Spokane City Council’s denial of Indian Trail apartment complex
Harley Douglass has appealed the City Council’s universal rejection of his plans to build 750 housing units on 50 acres of property in the North Indian Trail neighborhood, citing disobeyance …
SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016
Rep. Bob McMaslin: Growth limit thwarts classroom expansion
Much of the work in the upcoming 2017 legislative session will be focused on changing how the state funds education and addressing the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. This effort …
FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016, 10 A.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Hirst Decision on well-drilling effectively blocks development throughout the state
The Washington Supreme Court’s Hirst Decision on well-drilling “effectively blocked development throughout the state,” Sue Lani Madsen says.
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, 8:38 P.M.
Neighbors cite roads, wildlife in opposition to proposed West Plains mining plan
Residents along Brooks Road, a lightly maintained gravel street on the West Plains, have spoken out against plans by Ron Calhoun to mine basalt on his 70-plus acres. Calhoun says …
UPDATED: MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2015, 2 P.M.
Spokane County, cities butt heads on population growth
Spokane County commissioners and officials from the cities and towns they represent are at odds on where and how much population growth will occur over the next two decades.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015
County’s hiring of land-use attorney concerns urban growth expansion opponents
Opponents of Spokane County’s plans to expand areas where urban growth can occur say they’re concerned about the hiring of an attorney with strong ties to developers. In January, county …
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015
Mielke touts county’s proactive approach in address
Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his State of the County address Friday morning. “We’ve …
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015, 1:08 P.M.
County government invests in change
Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his state of the county address Friday morning.
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014
Spokane City Council won’t contest sprawl measure veto
The Spokane City Council’s anti-sprawl measure appears dead. For now, anyway. Council President Ben Stuckart, rather than trying to muster support for an unlikely override of Mayor David Condon’s veto, …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013
State nixes expanded Spokane County urban growth area
An expansion to Spokane’s urban growth area was thrown out Tuesday, though that may not keep some development in the expanded area from moving forward. Spokane County commissioners decided last …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee will appeal Spokane County growth boundary plan
Gov. Jay Inslee has stepped into the fight over a July expansion of Spokane County’s urban growth area, including newly designated industrial land near Fairchild Air Force Base. Inslee said …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013
County cuts urban growth proposal
Spokane County commissioners backtracked Tuesday on an aggressive plan to expand the county’s urban growth area. They voted unanimously to remove nearly 2,000 acres from their previous proposal to add …
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013
Growth vote unsupported by the math
Math is hard. Guessing is easy, and occasionally useful. It’s guessing – wild guessing – by the county’s chief planning official that has some people feeling that the public debate …
SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2013
County could open thousands of acres for development
Spokane County commissioners are poised to open raw land for new development, a boon for housing speculators. But the expansion could come with significant public costs. The county’s own draft …
SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2012
Mielke testimony in Olympia favored land-use appeal fee
Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke testified earlier this month in favor of a bill that would charge a $400 fee to citizens who appeal local land-use decisions to the state’s …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
Bill lets 4 counties drop growth act
OLYMPIA – The state’s environmental community is fighting a plan to allow four lightly populated Eastern Washington counties to opt out of the Growth Management Act. But in trying to …
SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2010
Law gives developers a break
An unusual provision of Washington law has repeatedly allowed major real estate developments to go forward even after they’ve been declared urban sprawl that violates the state’s Growth Management Act. …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010
Sewer prospects dim for Belle Terre development
Spokane County may drop plans to extend sewer service next year to the Belle Terre area in the unincorporated Spokane Valley. Utilities Director Bruce Rawls told county commissioners Tuesday that …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010
Study finds room for urban growth
Spokane County’s urban growth areas have enough land to serve the metropolitan area for the next 20 years, according to a study that will be discussed tonight. Planning officials will …
SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010
County proceeds despite appeal
A group of Liberty Lake neighbors is fearful that a hearing before Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday will allow a property owner on the shore of Liberty Lake to develop …
THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010
Plan change appealed to state hearing board
Some residents on the shore of Liberty Lake have been complaining long and loud about a proposed zoning change to a 3.6-acre piece of property at 24024 E. Lakeridge Drive. …