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Landmark ruling explained

I would like to explain the decision reached by the Spokane Landmarks Commission regarding the historic buildings on Third Avenue. In the past, I served two terms on this body, followed by two terms on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Architecture and Historic Preservation. I am also an adviser for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

All persons appointed to these two bodies are experts in their field. There are mandated positions filled from an applicant pool and those appointed have been deemed qualified to do this.

There is a process and criteria used by both these groups. The Landmarks Commission followed the guidelines required by the Federal Government’s Secretary of the Interior’s Standards on what buildings will be eligible.

I would hate to have this issue bring a change to the 2005 ordinance. Hard work over months was done by many to craft this document. It was not done without careful research, debate and compromise on many issues.

Joanne Moyer


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