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  • 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 …


  • Pullman extends hold on new pot shops

    New marijuana businesses won’t be getting the go-ahead here for at least another four months.


  • Spokane Valley comprehensive plan under review

    She’s the first to admit she could have checked things out more carefully, but when Nina Fluegal purchased a home on East Fourth Avenue in Spokane Valley in 2006, she …


  • Liberty Lake ends yearlong moratorium on pot, as tight zoning is placed on city

    The Liberty Lake City Council, which passed a law last year ticketing minors who appear to be high in public, voted unanimously Tuesday to end a yearlong moratorium on recreational …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • Logan residents angered by McDonald’s design

    The sign above the construction site for the new McDonald’s drive-through restaurant in the Logan neighborhood reads: Come see us in June. It’s being built on the corner of Augusta …


  • Arger seeks zone change for Spokane Valley lot

    A short hearing drew a small crowd Thursday as Arger Real Estate moved forward with a request to rezone a piece of vacant land east of Evergreen Road located immediately …


  • Gymnastics school seeks code change

    A proposal to add gymnastics facilities in industrial zones proved divisive Tuesday, causing a narrow majority of the Spokane Valley City Council to send it back to the planning commission …


  • Historic farmhouse caught in the middle

    You might forgive Gary and Robin Congdon for feeling caught in the middle of economic changes on the West Plains. Their historic farmhouse on West Thorpe Road near Interstate 90 …


  • Decision expected soon on Green Bluff event centers

    Sunni Cannon looks out from her backyard on a panoramic view of fields and mountains to the north of Green Bluff. It’s the perfect place for an outdoor wedding.


  • Council considers zone, code changes

    New building codes, landscaping and comprehensive plan amendments were center stage Tuesday during the Spokane Valley City Council meeting. It was the council’s first look at the plan amendments that …


  • Valley council talks trash at annual retreat

    Tuesday afternoon was all about trash as Spokane Valley City Council members spent more than two hours of their annual daylong winter retreat talking about the future of solid waste …


  • County to decide on property tax hike

    County commissioners considered a tax increase Tuesday and adopted an interim zoning ordinance they hope will lure a Boeing manufacturing plant. The zoning ordinance would raise the height limit in …


  • Unworldly paranoia in Kootenai County

    Can you imagine a world where the Kootenai County commissioners would make a stealth move to grab private property rights? A world where the handmaidens of the New World Order …


  • 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 …


  • 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 OKs larger school parking lots

    City leaders have paved the path to build larger elementary and junior high school parking lots. The Spokane City Council voted 4-3 Monday to allow school districts to build lots …


  • New zoning rules met with surprise, anger

    A series of zoning rules, many routine, have reignited the anger of opponents of the planned new Jefferson school on Spokane’s South Hill and forced Mayor Mary Verner to apologize …


  • Council approves airway zones

    Spokane city leaders got a mixed message this week from landowners opposing stricter development rules near the Spokane International Airport. On one hand, developers argued for more freedom to build …


  • Break meant to help construction industry

    Developers may lock up subdivision rights longer under a temporary change in state law that took effect June 10. The amendment extends the “vesting” periods in which developers may press …


  • 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. …


  • Businesses complain about plan

    Property owners on Sprague Avenue west of Argonne came to City Hall on Thursday morning to vent about issues they have with the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. The Spokane Valley City …


  • 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 …


  • Job description tweaked

    After a lively discussion Tuesday night, the Spokane Valley City Council decided that their new city manager should have a college degree, but doesn’t need to have any experience as …


  • Zoning changes, safety project get bad public reviews

    Several people used the public comment period at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting to complain about zoning problems and the proposed Broadway Avenue Safety Project, which generated questions and …


  • Broadcast costs weighed

    A discussion on whether or not to broadcast the Spokane Valley City Council meetings received a lukewarm reception Tuesday, with some Council members strongly in favor of it and others …


  • Examiner upholds decision barring boat display

    Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey has upheld the decision by the city of Spokane Valley community development department that Elephant Boys may not display boats in front of its …

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