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UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 8 p.m.

Spokane Planning Director Lisa Key terminated; Stuckart criticizes decision

The decision is part of planned restructuring in Mayor David Condon’s administration that officials said is intended to more seamlessly align neighborhood outreach with planning. But some City Council members …


Local restaurant startup among many that take advantage of Women’s Business Center at SNAP

Open to both men and women, the Women’s Business Center at Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners is essentially a one-stop business resource shop, according to Weipert, offering business training, individual business …


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Spokane’s future plan resurrects Ferris High School road, creates preference for some street work

Spokane hopes to finish revising its all-encompassing plan document in a vote next week, as concerns linger about a controversial road project that would link two thruways on the upper …


As population grows, Spokane County seeks public input on comprehensive plan

Spokane County will hold two workshops at the end of the week to gather public feedback on its comprehensive plan – the framework that dictates what can be built on …


Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul

The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …


Barker Road rezone request draws ire

The Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting went into overtime last week because dozens of people had shown up to protest the rezoning of land located on the north east corner …


South Hill developer beats clock, apparently will get drive-thrus

Developer Cyrus Vaughn, who plans to build a nine-acre shopping center at the corner of Regal Street and 53rd Avenue, opted to push forward with planning in Spokane County ahead …


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.


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 …


Spokane County records missing a piece of history

A century-old Spokane County mystery rests in clothbound, table-sized books at the state archives in Cheney. Auditor Vicky Dalton discovered a gap in planning documents – about 150 in total …


Planning Commission vote shows uneasiness with pot

Growing opposition to the legal marijuana industry in Spokane County put a routine vote on zoning codes in jeopardy Thursday and left the door open for a moratorium on new …


City woos county building director

Spokane County’s building director won’t be helping Spokane City Hall. Randy Vissia told county commissioners Tuesday he was approached last month by officials at the city’s Business and Development Services …


County takes public input on pot zoning

Spokane County planning commissioners heard an earful Thursday about a nose-full of marijuana odor, as they considered revising where pot businesses can operate. Carl Caughran, a rural landowner near Cheney, …


Workshops help seniors navigate life, end-of-life planning

Stephanie Ekloff is excited to share her new knowledge about death with everyone she knows: her 92-year-old grandmother, her aging parents, her children and those seven – almost eight – …


Emerson/Garfield formulates neighborhood comprehensive plan

The Emerson/Garfield Neighborhood Council is planning for its future. At an Oct. 10 meeting, residents helped define some of the neighborhood’s main issues. At the next meeting, Nov. 14, residents …


County updates its online services

A new “gateway to government services” promises to eliminate something people hate about Spokane County offices: going to one department only to find out they should have gone somewhere else. …


Kootenai County OKs new comprehensive plan

Kootenai County commissioners on Thursday approved a comprehensive plan that’s been four years in the making. Updating the 16-year-old plan began in the fall of 2006 and involved hundreds of …


Spokane Valley business vacancy rates rise as city struggles to develop a growth plan

‘For lease” signs dot both sides of East Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley like dandelions springing from the sidewalks. The former National Golf store has been empty for more than …


Church gets OK to put up bigger sign

A Wandermere-area megachurch got permission Tuesday to supersize its sign. But the Turning Point Open Bible Church at 11911 N. Division St. can’t sell french fries like other owners of …


Yearlong study will create ‘vision’ for regional transit

The future of transportation in the Spokane region is going to get a yearlong look in 2010. Leaders from local governments and the private sector have agreed to launch a …


Opponents file an appeal over big-box zoning change

Neighborhood opponents of big-box retail development along South Regal Street and Palouse Highway filed an appeal Friday of a Spokane City Council decision granting key land-use changes for three major …


Planner won’t be charged for erasure of tape

A Kootenai County senior planner won’t face criminal charges for allegedly ordering the destruction of a recording of a public meeting – but she is getting a new job. On …


River Park Square Unveils Plans Owners Ask City To Close Post To Set Stage For $80 Million Retail Project

The owners of River Park Square Thursday asked the city to close a block of Post Street to accommodate a massive $80 million downtown retail expansion. The project includes a …


City Council Approves Stiffer Manufactured Home Regulations

New, stiffer regulations for manufactured housing won the approval of the Spokane City Council this week. The tighter regulations say new units can’t be more than 10 years old, must …