The Spokane County hearing examiner last week approved a new 41-home subdivision on a 10-acre parcel on 53rd Avenue near Crestline.
The developers want to cluster the homes on lots of about 6,000 square feet in what the county calls a planned unit development. It will be called Redhawk.
More than an acre of the development will be devoted to landscaping and grassy depressions for storm runoff.
Even though city sewer and water will serve the homes, the developer is required to dispose of storm water on the property, said Louis Webster, county planner on the project.
The county commissioners earlier this year passed an emergency ordinance requiring new developments to have lined evaporation ponds, rather than grassy depressions which allow water to seep into the ground.
Webster said Redhawk is not subject to the new rules because the application was pending when the commissioners adopted the new law.
The developers are Paras Construction Inc., and Kevin and Sandra Gunder.
In addition to landscaping, the developers plan to build a 30-by-30-foot sports court for basketball and other games.
Webster said there was no opposition to the development during a hearing last week.
Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey said he would approve the project, and follow up with a written decision.
The property is zoned for 3.5 homes per acre, but the developers were allowed to increase the density because they are building a planned unit development, Webster said.
The plan includes a fence along the front of the subdivision on 53rd Avenue. The site is about 600 feet east of Crestline.
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