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Expansion of tiny, cottage homes gets Spokane City Council’s OK

Legislative changes passed this week are intended to promote infill development in areas all over the city by increasing the density allowed in certain areas and speeding up the process of approving “pocket development” projects. The goal is to increase affordable housing, city lawmakers and planners said.

Public comment deadline set for Spokane County septic tank rules

State officials are reviewing tighter regulations for installation of septic tanks along Spokane County shorelines. In general, septic tanks will not be allowed within 200 feet of the shoreline. Larger lots could only be developed with a septic tank more than 200 feet from the shoreline.

Judge denies stay on urban growth

A group of progressive organizations is trying to block urban sprawl by appealing changes to Spokane County’s urban growth area. Spokane County commissioners in July voted to add nearly 4,000 acres to areas where urban development is allowed. That expansion is about a third smaller than what was first proposed to commissioners this year. Last week, the coalition asked a Spokane County Superior Court judge to delay enactment of the growth boundary expansion pending the appeal.

Bill lets 4 counties drop growth act

OLYMPIA – The state’s environmental community is fighting a plan to allow four lightly populated Eastern Washington counties to opt out of the Growth Management Act. But in trying to generate opposition to the proposed change, the group Futurewise seriously overstated the impact that law has on Ferry County, one of four that would be allowed to drop the law under HB 1094.

Goals include safe access for walkers, bicyclists

It really had nothing to do with the snow. Dave Robertson, 44, of west Spokane, was walking home from his job at Rings and Things downtown at dusk, on one of the first snowy days in December. Headed west on Second Avenue, he waited at the crosswalk to cross Monroe Street. “The light changes, I start out, the traffic starts out and then, one, two, three, four, bam – I was hit from the right by a car,” Robertson said. The car hit him at knee-level, he buckled and fell, grabbing for the windshield of the car, and the driver stopped.

Stevens County must factor lynx habitat in plan

Stevens County must protect habitat for Canada lynx as part of the county’s growth planning, a recent court decision says. Fewer than 100 of the shy forest cats are believed to remain in Washington. Their territory includes high ridges in the northeast corner of the state, where the lynx’s large feet and long legs help them navigate deep snows and stalk snowshoe hares, their preferred food.