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Spokane County has ordered a Painted Hills neighborhood man to stop flying his helicopter and shut down his helipad, a decision several of his neighbors are celebrating.
A study found that marijuana businesses are more likely to locate in economically depressed areas. That’s not surprising to some lawmakers and members of the industry, who see local laws as restrictive for businesses trying to establish themselves in a climate where the drug is still federally illegal.
Responsible Growth*Northeast Washington, the group that filed the appeal, responded by vowing to fight on, while PacWest Silicon, the company behind the smelter project, promised patience to see the project through.
The Idaho County commissioners face a threat of criminal prosecution by the state attorney general if the board does not begin work on a comprehensive land-use plan and zoning ordinance within a month.
First-time homebuyers in Spokane County face a market full of potential opponents in bidding wars and few houses available at an affordable price. What should, and have, local policymakers done to address the issue? And how big is it?
The Amway House will not be allowed to be turned into an event venue or bed-and-breakfast any time soon, after the Post Falls Planning and Zoning Commission voted against a special use permit Tuesday night.
A controversial request to rezone 84 acres of agricultural land on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation has been withdrawn by the property owner.
Whitworth University plans to build retail shops as well as dozens of student and senior housing units on its campus.
Regardless of where your sympathies lie – redistribution is both good and bad – what connects all these activities and many others is that they don’t result in the production of more goods and services.
The nation’s fourth largest city is facing a one-two punch of catastrophic rains from a storm that has yet to reach its peak, with water that is expected to keep rising by rain that is still coming, and a near complete lack of city zoning rules in Houston that has made an uncommonly disastrous weather event even worse.
Spokane County will hold two workshops at the end of the week to gather public feedback on its comprehensive plan – the framework that dictates what can be built on land within county borders, and where.
Spokane Valley residents in the semi-rural neighborhood between Mayhew and Keller Roads protest a proposed single-family development that will change the look of their neighborhood forever.
A handful of community members woke bright and early Tuesday morning and headed to the Pioneer Center in Pullman to discuss their 20-year visions for the city. It was the first public meeting of Pullman 2040, an organization dedicated to developing a collective vision for the city and a way to accomplish it.
Spokane Valley residents near North Barker Road and East Sprague Avenue have been going door to door, handing out fliers alerting the neighborhood to how a proposed zoning change could turn a cow pasture into an apartment complex. “I don’t understand why we are here again,” said Stephanie Colombo, during the first public hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan at last week’s Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting. “It’s a goal of this plan to maintain the integrity of the neighborhoods. This does not match our neighborhood.”
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. No zoning, Sept., 1, 1926
Developer Cyrus Vaughn, who plans to build a nine-acre shopping center at the corner of Regal Street and 53rd Avenue, opted to push forward with planning in Spokane County ahead of annexation of the property by the city this weekend.
New marijuana businesses won’t be getting the go-ahead here for at least another four months.
She’s the first to admit she could have checked things out more carefully, but when Nina Fluegal purchased a home on East Fourth Avenue in Spokane Valley in 2006, she never imagined she’d become the neighbor of the two-story apartment complex that’s now looming over her house. Bordering Fluegal’s backyard to the north and to the west sits Diamond Rock Construction’s nearly finished Blake Apartments at 13313 E. Fourth Ave. Fluegal said the new development is intruding on her privacy and has caused drainage problems in her backyard.
The Liberty Lake City Council, which passed a law last year ticketing minors who appear to be high in public, voted unanimously Tuesday to end a yearlong moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses. But potential pot entrepreneurs said the zoning codes that will replace the ban are so stringent that only a single parcel of land south of Interstate 90 will be available for marijuana businesses.
Growing opposition to the legal marijuana industry in Spokane County put a routine vote on zoning codes in jeopardy Thursday and left the door open for a moratorium on new pot businesses. A volunteer board of citizens voted 4-2 Thursday to pass along a proposed set of zoning codes that essentially maintains the status quo of the marijuana industry in the county. The laws would allow pot growing to continue in many rural-zoned areas of the county, require 300 feet between the crop and an adjacent owner’s home, and limit processing to industrial areas.