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  • 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 …


  • Spokane County commissioners explain vote on urban growth area

    Spokane County commissioners on Wednesday reaffirmed their rationale for adding about 3,600 acres of land to the county’s urban growth area. The expansion increases the amount of land where urban-style …


  • Commission offers reasons for expanded growth area

    Spokane County commissioners took steps Wednesday to justify their attempt to expand areas of the county where urban-style growth is allowed. Commissioners last July approved a 4,100-acre expansion of the …


  • Urban growth input sought

    The public can weigh in Tuesday on Spokane County’s attempt to open 4,100 acres to denser development. County commissioners approved the expansion of the “urban growth area” last year to …


  • Shawn Vestal: County permit ‘clerical mishap’ raises eyebrows

    OK, just to be clear: Two Spokane County planning officials pleaded the Fifth Amendment – you know, the one where you can’t be compelled to give criminal evidence against yourself …


  • Spokane County workers use Fifth Amendment in back-dating case

    Two Spokane County building employees invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination this week in a case that accuses the county of improperly back-dating documents to allow construction of a …


  • Shawn Vestal: Mayor’s veto certainly averts one uncertainty

    Whew. Uncertainty averted. Maybe. Probably.


  • Condon to veto anti-sprawl ordinance

    Spokane Mayor David Condon said he’ll veto an ordinance that would have stopped city water and sewer from being extended to contested development areas outside city limits until legal challenges …


  • Groups lobby to veto anti-sprawl vote

    A lobbying push is underway to persuade Spokane Mayor David Condon to veto a contentious anti-sprawl ordinance approved this week by a divided City Council. The Spokane Homebuilders Association, which …


  • Shawn Vestal: Spokane County commissioners get taste of own medicine

    The papal Spokane County Commission – which issues edicts and sends messages – is on the receiving end of a message, for once. The Spokane City Council took a big, …


  • Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder proposes limits on urban growth

    A Spokane City councilman is proposing a plan to slow or stop sprawl by withholding critical services from new developments. Councilman Jon Snyder is sponsoring an ordinance that would prevent …


  • Fairchild buffer zone gets county OK

    Protecting Fairchild Air Force Base from encroachment, as well as from potential snipers or other threats, was the goal of emergency action by Spokane County commissioners Wednesday. Commissioners adopted an …


  • 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 …


  • Judge denies stay on urban growth

    A group of progressive organizations is trying to block urban sprawl by appealing changes to Spokane County’s urban growth area. Spokane County commissioners in July voted to add nearly 4,000 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Mayor: Hold line on urban growth

    Spokane Mayor David Condon and three City Council members oppose expansion of the county’s urban growth area, saying it would add an unnecessary financial burden to taxpayers. In a letter …


  • 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 …


  • County planning urban expansion

    Spokane County commissioners want to expand areas where urban development is allowed in the county. But Futurewise, a statewide public interest group, argues such an expansion of the urban growth …


  • County unveils Urban Growth Plan options

    Spokane County is reviewing the Urban Growth Area boundaries and Spokane Valley residents got a chance to take a look at the various proposals under consideration during a sparsely attended …

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