Stories tagged: land use
UPDATED: Wed., 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 …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 2:38 p.m.
Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project
A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 4:18 p.m.
Concrete company seeks to open sand deposit in Mead; residents rally against plan
Spokane’s Central Pre-Mix Concrete Co. wants to mine a sand deposit in Mead, but neighbors are against the proposal before the county hearing examiner
Mon., July 11, 2016, 10 p.m.
County planners worked with developer to make sure South Hill project could move ahead
City planners will do the heavy lifting applying state development laws to a 9-acre, $6 million development on Spokane’s South Hill proposed by developer Cyrus Vaughn. Vaughn is fighting his …
Sun., June 26, 2016, 4 a.m.
South Perry’s success causing parking headaches; pay-to-park lot proposed
The Spokane City Council is considering building a pay-to-park lot in the South Perry District, a proposal that’s drawing mixed feelings from local residents and businesses.
Mon., June 20, 2016, 9:06 p.m.
Spokane County, neighborhood groups sign sweeping settlement in land-use disputes
Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will …
Wed., May 25, 2016, 6 p.m.
Spokane County commissioners approve West Plains basalt mining
The unanimous three-member commission imposed some restrictions on Ron Calhoon’s mining plans, including a prohibition on blasting and crushing and a requirement for safety vehicles on-site.
Mon., 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 …
Thu., May 12, 2016, 6 p.m.
Land use, property rights top issues for Kootenai County commissioner candidates
Kootenai County voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary are considering six names for two of the three county commissioner seats. Their backgrounds and experience may be what separates them most, as …
Wed., March 16, 2016
Avista plans stormwater swale
Avista Corp. is working on plans to install a new landscaped drainage and infiltration basin on its campus along Upriver Drive and the Centennial Trail.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
Canterbury Bluff back before county hearing examiner
The controversial Canterbury Bluff subdivision in northern Spokane County has gone back before the county hearing examiner with a revised plan to increase undeveloped space around a wetland on the …
Sat., Dec. 12, 2015, 10:54 a.m.
Nature Conservancy allays concerns over plans for land in Kittitas County
When an international conservation group announced last winter it was making a major purchase of forest land in western Kittitas County, it raised some concern among area residents who enjoyed …
Thu., July 2, 2015
Planners outline ideas for Lincoln Heights
Experts in community planning from the Seattle-based Urban Land Institute Northwest said the Lincoln Heights district in southeast Spokane is at a crossroads. Good land-use planning, focusing on people and …
Wed., June 24, 2015
Spokane County commissioners lose growth boundary challenge
Spokane County commissioners lost another round in the ongoing dispute over how and where the county’s population will grow. Three appellate judges ruled last week commissioners didn’t provide enough public …
Thu., June 11, 2015
Criminal justice panel, others have openings
The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council is looking for two community members interested in aiding efforts to reform the county’s criminal justice system. The group, responsible for evaluating and …
Thu., May 28, 2015
Basalt mining permit sought
A property owner will try again to establish a controversial basalt mining operation on his 78 acres in western Spokane County. But Don Howell, a retired real estate agent who’s …
Thu., May 21, 2015
A comprehensive plan amendment request needs four votes in favor to move forward to the Spokane Valley City Council with a recommendation from the planning commission; a tied vote means …
Thu., May 21, 2015
Spokane Valley planning process confuses
A second meeting about citizen-led updates to Spokane Valley’s comprehensive plan quickly got confusing. The meeting of the Spokane Valley Planning Commission Monday followed a standing-room-only session Thursday, where public …
Tue., 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 …
Thu., April 2, 2015
Spokane County could restrict Wandermere apartment complex
Spokane County commissioners may be able to set restrictions on a proposed controversial apartment complex near Wandermere Golf Course. The developer, Rudeen Development, proposed to county officials this week capping …
Sat., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Sat., March 14, 2015
Spokane County, Valley at odds over traffic roundabout
A spat between Spokane County and Spokane Valley over a controversial traffic roundabout has the two governments at legal odds. It is the second time this year the county has …
Tue., Feb. 24, 2015
Kootenai County comprehensive plan to get another look
A long-running tug-of-war over how Kootenai County controls growth and development is swinging back toward private property interests. The last attempt to update the county’s land use code sparked a …
Thu., Jan. 8, 2015
Judge sends Canterbury Bluff plat back to Spokane County planning
A Spokane County Superior Court judge said the county planning department and its hearing examiner failed to provide adequate protection for a wetland located in the heart of a proposed …
Sat., Oct. 25, 2014
Freddy Park in legal limbo over construction of a road
A forested park in the Wandermere neighborhood gifted to the county by retail company Fred Meyer will stay undeveloped for now. Earlier this week appellate judges kept in place an …
Sun., April 20, 2014
Spokane neighborhood groups strive for urban renewal
The drizzle last week did nothing to discourage Grayson and Megan Bjork from one of their regular visits to the South Perry commercial district. The young couple, taking turns holding …
Thu., April 17, 2014
Rep. Matt Shea travels to Nevada to support defiant rancher
Spokane Valley state legislator Matt Shea traveled to Nevada last weekend to support defiant rancher Cliven Bundy’s stand that he doesn’t have to pay grazing fees on federal land. Shea …
Thu., April 17, 2014
Council puts hold on additional projects like McDonald’s on Hamilton
Responding to community uproar over a planned McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant near Gonzaga University, the Spokane City Council this week imposed an emergency six-month moratorium on similar projects along Hamilton Street …
Tue., April 15, 2014
Opponents of planned subdivision in north Spokane County file lawsuit
Neighbors opposing a controversial subdivision in north Spokane County are taking their objections to court. A group that calls itself Citizens Affirming Responsible Development filed the lawsuit last week in …