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Spokane County commissioners lose growth boundary challenge

Spokane County commissioners lost another round in the ongoing dispute over how and where the county’s population will grow. Three appellate judges ruled last week commissioners didn’t provide enough public notice before revising urban growth boundaries in July 2013. The decision leaves in place a mediation process between Spokane County officials and members of neighborhood groups around the county, as well as the Washington departments of Commerce and Transportation, over where denser, urban development will be allowed.

Spokane City Countil to consider registry for abandoned homes

The windows and doors are boarded with plywood, the siding is fading and falling off and the yard is littered with soggy mattresses. No crystal ball is needed to see that the abandoned fourplex at the corner of North Napa Street and East Fairview Drive has a dim future. “It’s a health hazard,” said Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref. “It’s a blight on the neighborhood.”

City website seeks neighborhood stories

Friendship Park in the Nevada-Lidgerwood neighborhood is good for dog meet-ups. There’s a house near Corbin Park with an attic specifically built to watch horses, bikes or runners race around the oval track. Lincoln Park in East Central has views of east Spokane not easily seen from any other part of town. That’s just a few of the items on a new website created by the city of Spokane to “give voice to the neighborhoods.” The site, ShapingSpokane.org, is part of an update of the city’s primary planning document, but the city is inviting residents to help write profiles of Spokane’s 27 neighborhoods.

Ben Stuckart floats plan for targeted renewal

Compare East Sprague Avenue with South Perry Street and someone’s bound to call you crazy. One is a dismal stretch of concrete and dilapidated storefronts located in a prime spot between the University District and the hospitals. The other is a walkable, tree-lined haven with trendy eateries – a shining example of what can happen when a neighborhood center does everything right.

Target will build South Hill store

Spokane developer Dave Black confirmed on Friday that national retailer Target Corp. will build a 135,000-square foot building on the corner of Palouse Highway and South Regal Street.

Planned homes rile Rockwood neighbors

It’s not unusual for new developments in old neighborhoods to cause heartburn among neighbors who want to preserve the character of the area. What many property owners don’t realize is that there may be very little they can do when the large property across the street turns out to be three separate plats, each allowed one single-family home.

Chief: COPS shops could be City Hall outposts

The 27 Spokane neighborhood councils each send a representative to the monthly meeting of the Community Assembly on the first Friday of every month at City Hall. The tightly structured meeting moves through a large agenda between 4 and 6 p.m.

Court OKs expansion of St. Mark’s parking lot

Come spring, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church may be able to finalize its parking lot expansion. The project has been held up in court since 2010, when the church tore down one single-family home, and moved another, to make room for a bigger parking lot on its property off 25th Avenue, southwest of the church.

Volunteers still drive neighborhood patrols

It’s a chilly Friday afternoon in northeast Spokane. Kim Bailey and Sandy Smith have been watching the weather forecast carefully for a couple of days, hoping it wouldn’t start snowing again. The two women are volunteers at Neva-Wood COPS, just east of NorthTown Mall off Wellesley Avenue, and they are getting ready to go out on their almost weekly neighborhood observation patrol.

City seeks traffic calming projects

The office of Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement hosted a workshop and training session at City Hall on Monday evening to explain how neighborhoods may apply for the next round of funding for traffic calming measures. The evening’s presenter was Jackie Caro of the Office of Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement. Caro has compiled a Traffic Calming Toolbox, a guideline which shows examples of the different traffic calming and speed control measures, as well as a detailed description of the application process and how competing projects are scored against each other.