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Growth vote unsupported by the math

Math is hard. Guessing is easy, and occasionally useful. It’s guessing – wild guessing – by the county’s chief planning official that has some people feeling that the public debate over whether to expand the county’s development borders was infected by a noxious spore of BS.

Commission OKs law on beekeeping

A do-it-yourself beekeeping ordinance was quickly approved Tuesday by Spokane County commissioners. Planning Director John Pederson told commissioners that testimony at a recent Planning Commission hearing on the ordinance was unanimously in support.

Commission weighs easing river protection to improve trail

Spokane County planning commissioners received three new proposals last week for legalizing Centennial Trail improvements. Commissioners took testimony Thursday and agreed to extend the time for public comments through their next meeting, on Feb. 17.

Break meant to help construction industry

Developers may lock up subdivision rights longer under a temporary change in state law that took effect June 10. The amendment extends the “vesting” periods in which developers may press ahead with their projects regardless of changes in regulations.

Study finds room for urban growth

Spokane County’s urban growth areas have enough land to serve the metropolitan area for the next 20 years, according to a study that will be discussed tonight. Planning officials will conduct an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. as part of a lengthy process to make sure the growth areas are adequate.

County commission objects to shoreline rules

A state rewrite of Spokane County’s shoreline regulations is a “prime example” of state agencies “out of control,” Commissioner Mark Richard said Tuesday. With Washington’s budget on life support, the Department of Ecology should focus on “core issues” instead of meddling in “local business,” Richard said.

Lawsuit over river discharges could be boon for wetland

A lawsuit over river discharges threatens the January 2012 startup of a new Spokane County sewage treatment plant, so officials are working on a backup. Plan B, restoration of a wetland with treated wastewater, requires county officials to exercise many of the land-use tools in their kit – and one that doesn’t yet exist.

Rural beekeeping avoids restrictions, for now

Spokane County planning officials decided Thursday to think twice before sticking their fingers into a beehive. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to table indefinitely a proposal to introduce restrictions on beekeeping in most rural zones.

Planning urged to control land use around Fairchild

Fairchild Air Force Base needs civilian protection to survive, local government officials were told this week. Spokane County officials asked leaders in Airway Heights, Spokane and Medical Lake to join them in implementing recommendations from a two-year land-use study.

Home being built in Liberty Lake too tall

Another overheight house is under construction at Liberty Lake because of a county planner’s blunder. As in a case that was resolved last year, the mistake has caused financial loss for the property owner, hard feelings among neighbors and a dilemma for county officials.