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  • Valley seeks new planning commissioner

    Spokane Valley is seeking a volunteer to serve on the planning commission. The opening is for a vacated term that ends Dec. 31.


  • Spokane Valley officials consider prohibiting new marijuana businesses

    Spokane Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about marijuana regulations Thursday at it’s regular meeting which begins at 6 p.m. in City Council chambers, at Spokane Valley City …


  • 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 …


  • Recommended votes

    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 …


  • Spokane Valley Council: Lease cuts City Hall rent

    The Spokane Valley City Council breezed through their agenda Tuesday night, voting to appoint a new planning commissioner, extend their lease on City Hall and award the first street preservation …


  • Three new planning commissioners picked in Valley

    The Spokane Valley City Council gave the planning commission a shot of new blood Tuesday night. Council members appointed retired metal fabricator Kevin Anderson, business owner Christina Carlsen and kindergarten …


  • Spokane Valley plan panel changes rules on crematories

    It all came down to crematories, indoor recreation facilities and office uses in high-density residential zones during last week’s Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting. The commission has been reviewing what …


  • Familiar face returning

    The Spokane Valley City Council picked someone with previous experience to fill a vacancy on the city’s planning commission, voting to appoint Fred Beaulac to the seat. Beaulac, whose term …


  • Neighbors testify against zone change

    The Spokane Valley City Council appears poised to disregard pleas from neighbors and the recommendation of the city’s planning commission and allow a zone change that would permit a high …


  • Valley planning commission gets ‘range rider’

    A recent controversy about not excusing the absence of a Spokane Valley planning commissioner who recused herself from meetings has caused the city to bring in a facilitator for one-on-one …


  • Company wants gravel pits excluded from shoreline plan

    A public hearing on Spokane Valley’s proposed Shoreline Master Program before the city’s planning commission generated a mix of negative and favorable comments. The planning commission is reviewing the draft …


  • Panel approves change to allow apartment project

    Despite community opposition to a proposed zone change, the Spokane Valley Planning Commission voted last Thursday to recommend granting the change at 601 N. Conklin Road if certain conditions are …


  • Spokane Valley ready to move on shoreline plan

    Work on the stalled shoreline master program resumed Tuesday as Spokane Valley’s City Council and planning commission held a joint meeting. Development of the shoreline plan stopped last summer after …


  • Bicycle-pedestrian plan draws scrutiny

    Some Spokane Valley City Council members took aim Tuesday at the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program that received a unanimous recommendation of approval from the city’s Planning Commission. People …


  • Bicycle, pedestrian plan sent to council

    A supportive group of residents turned out for last week’s public hearing on Spokane Valley’s proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program, several of them arriving by bicycle. Nearly everyone who …


  • Commission OKs law on beekeeping

    A do-it-yourself beekeeping ordinance was quickly approved Tuesday by Spokane County commissioners. Planning Director John Pederson told commissioners that testimony at a recent Planning Commission hearing on the ordinance was …


  • County may pull head gear plan

    County commissioners are tapping the brakes to avoid colliding with constituents who want to ride their motorcycles and bicycles without interference. Without once using the phrase “back-pedaling,” commissioners managed Tuesday …


  • Proposed ‘motor track’ regulation upopular

    Proposed regulation of private motor tracks in rural residential areas was wildly unpopular among more than 100 people at a public hearing Thursday. The 30 who spoke against restrictions on …


  • ‘Motor tracks’ rules proposed

    New restrictions could be coming on the use of motorcycles, ATVs and other off-road vehicles on private property. The Spokane County Planning Commission will take testimony next Thursday, May 26, …


  • Council picks Neill; two council candidates questioned

    The Spokane Valley City Council moved quickly Tuesday to appoint a new planning commissioner, voting unanimously to approve Steven Neill with no discussion or questions. Mayor Tom Towey, who made …


  • 6 apply for commission

    Six people have applied to fill the Spokane Valley Planning Commission seat vacated by Arne Woodard and there are some familiar names. Four have applied to fill vacant city council …


  • Director urges expansion of Broadway Avenue Safety Project

    The Broadway Avenue Safety Project, a road re-striping project that was delayed last year, may expand this year to include resurfacing a portion of the road and improving drainage issues …


  • Commission won’t back zoning change

    Five of the seven members of the Spokane Valley Planning Commission voted to recommend against an emergency comprehensive plan amendment to remove the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization …


  • Mayor’s relative chosen for commission seat

    Two candidates for empty planning commission seats, including the half-brother of Mayor Tom Towey, were approved by a majority of the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday during a contentious meeting. …


  • Schimmels backs Bates for panel seat

    Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels is recommending that Bill Bates, Mayor Tom Towey’s half-brother, be appointed to one of the two vacant seats on the planning commission. Bates retired …


  • Rural beekeeping avoids restrictions, for now

    Spokane County planning officials decided Thursday to think twice before sticking their fingers into a beehive. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to table indefinitely a proposal to introduce restrictions on …


  • 4 positions available on Spokane Valley Planning Commission

    City officials are taking applications for four positions on the seven-member Spokane Valley Planning Commission. One position would require a chosen applicant to take over the two-year unexpired term of …


  • City OKs 2010 budget

    Spokane Valley City Council members adopted a 2010 budget Tuesday and opposed a statewide initiative they felt would undermine future budgets. Both actions were unanimous despite some sympathetic rhetoric about …


  • Testimony sought on zone change

    Spokane County residents get a chance Tuesday to sound off on proposed changes to the zoning law that covers certain housing developments in rural areas. County commissioners will take public …


  • Growth plan feedback sought

    Coeur d’Alene has little space to grow except for its steeper hillsides and older neighborhoods such as those near downtown. That’s why Planning Commission Chairman John Bruning thinks these areas …

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