Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 35° Partly Cloudy
News >  Voices

Canterbury Bluff back before county hearing examiner

The controversial Canterbury Bluff subdivision in northern Spokane County has gone back before the county hearing examiner with a revised plan to increase undeveloped space around a wetland on the property.

The 5-acre project involves 24 single-family home lots. That’s one fewer home site than a previous proposal that was rejected in court in 2014 on an appeal by neighbors.

Landed Gentry, Inc., of Burlington, Washington, has been seeking to develop the site for several years.

An earlier plan that allowed for a 75-foot wetland buffer was approved by the county hearing examiner, but that decision was appealed to Spokane County Superior Court.

In late 2014, the judge in the case ruled that state law required a 100-foot buffer. The final order partly reversing the examiner was issued in April.

The developer returned to the county with two proposals – one to maintain the 75-foot buffer and the other with a 100-foot buffer.

Hearing Examiner Michael Dempsey ruled that the 75-foot buffer could not be approved.

Last week, Dempsey held a public hearing on the proposal that calls for a 100-foot wetland buffer.

Residents of the area appeared at the hearing and testified that the current proposal calls for private roads that are not wide enough and that have inadequate sidewalks.

Dempsey said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich testified against the street and sidewalk elements.

However, the private road system was previously accepted in the appeal to Superior Court, Dempsey said.

Dempsey said he expects a decision in the case in about two weeks.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.

Annual health and dental insurance enrollment period open now

 (Courtesy Washington Healthplanfinder)

2020 has been a stressful year for myriad reasons.