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Rezoning Request Denied For Little Spokane Acreage

Don Haynes’ controversial request to rezone 101 acres south of the Little Spokane River for 103 homes, bike paths and open space has been denied.

City of Spokane hearing examiner Greg Smith, ruling on the matter for the county, issued the decision last week.

Haynes said he isn’t planning to appeal.

“I’m working with the Trust for Public Lands,” he said. “I’m trying to work out some kind of a deal.

“I didn’t think I would win,” he added. “There are a lot of environmentalists, all in concert together. They’ll do anything to stop development out there.”

In his decision, Smith said the proposed zone classification is not consistent with the comprehensive plan. The project is located outside the priority Sewer Service Area but within the Aquifer Sensitive Area.

Projects in the ASA must have at least five-acre lots or be on public sewer.

Haynes said Spokane County has expressed interest in the land as a public park.

“I want to do something with the property that is right for the community out there,” he said.

“I’ll just keep plugging away and maybe something good will happen.”

In other Spokane County planning, County Hearing Examiner Michael Dempsey Monday approved a request by Ruth and Omer Vrem and developer Jim Markley to rezone seven acres to allow 19 houses.

The proposed Vrem Addition is along the Little Spokane River, west of Little Spokane River Drive.

The area is zoned for 3.5 homes per acre.

In February, Dempsey returned the request to Markley because it didn’t comply with the critical areas ordinance or required property easements.

Markley returned Monday, saying he has gone “over, above and beyond” to mitigate potential problems.

Although soil on the seven acres is prone to erosion, the lot is flat and there is little runoff.

He revised the plat to provide an easement along the eastern edge of the property.

During the February hearing, neighbors also voiced concerns about increased traffic, inadequate parks and school overcrowding.

Upcoming hearings

Thomas Hagen and Michael Hanover are asking to have 10 acres on the north end of the Newport Highway rezoned from general agriculture to rural settlement.

Hagen and Hanover want to build a self-service storage facility.

The hearing is set for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Assembly Room, lower level of the county Public Works Building.

, DataTimes

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