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County planners worked with developer to make sure South Hill project could move ahead

City planners will do the heavy lifting applying state development laws to a 9-acre, $6 million development on Spokane’s South Hill proposed by developer Cyrus Vaughn. Vaughn is fighting his …


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 …


Housing project near I-90 heads to hearing

A developer based in Vancouver, Washington, is moving ahead with plans to develop 40.5 acres of new housing near Interstate 90 in southwest Spokane County. West Plain Holdings LLC is …


Spokane County commissioners explain vote on urban growth area

Spokane County commissioners on Wednesday reaffirmed their rationale for adding about 3,600 acres of land to the county’s urban growth area. The expansion increases the amount of land where urban-style …


Commission offers reasons for expanded growth area

Spokane County commissioners took steps Wednesday to justify their attempt to expand areas of the county where urban-style growth is allowed. Commissioners last July approved a 4,100-acre expansion of the …


Urban growth input sought

The public can weigh in Tuesday on Spokane County’s attempt to open 4,100 acres to denser development. County commissioners approved the expansion of the “urban growth area” last year to …


Spokane County workers use Fifth Amendment in back-dating case

Two Spokane County building employees invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination this week in a case that accuses the county of improperly back-dating documents to allow construction of a …


Spokane, county begin talks on urban growth

Top elected leaders in Spokane and Spokane County spent two hours Monday morning talking about how to plan for future growth in the community. It was the first in what …


Condon to veto anti-sprawl ordinance

Spokane Mayor David Condon said he’ll veto an ordinance that would have stopped city water and sewer from being extended to contested development areas outside city limits until legal challenges …


Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder proposes limits on urban growth

A Spokane City councilman is proposing a plan to slow or stop sprawl by withholding critical services from new developments. Councilman Jon Snyder is sponsoring an ordinance that would prevent …


State nixes expanded Spokane County urban growth area

An expansion to Spokane’s urban growth area was thrown out Tuesday, though that may not keep some development in the expanded area from moving forward. Spokane County commissioners decided last …


In brief: WSU student recovering from fall at fraternity

A 21-year-old Washington State University student was in stable condition after falling down a flight of stairs early Tuesday inside the Delta Chi fraternity where he lives. Anthony Pentecost is …


Mayor: Hold line on urban growth

Spokane Mayor David Condon and three City Council members oppose expansion of the county’s urban growth area, saying it would add an unnecessary financial burden to taxpayers. In a letter …


Spokane County urban growth hearing packed

A state growth management official on Wednesday warned that a county proposal to expand the urban growth area would put taxpayers at risk for the cost of extending public services. …


Urban use areas could be expanded

A growth management update in Spokane County would expand the boundary where urban uses are allowed, opening new land for development. Spokane County commissioners this week asked for additional environmental …


Where To Draw The Line Politicians Begin Mapping ‘Urban Growth Areas’ Friday

Local politicians will be sequestered Friday, drawing lines to designate where shopping malls and housing developments will sprout. Spokane county and city, as well as the small towns within the …


Drawing A New Set Of Lines Spokane County Needs To Look To The Future And Your Input Is Part Of The Plan

Some people look at the ever-growing commercial landscape of our community and cringe. The open spaces they once enjoyed are paved over with strip malls. Others welcome commercial development throughout …


Qualchan Developer Awaits Council Decision

The Spokane City Council will decide tonight whether water must come before houses in the Hangman Valley. Developer Lamont Glines has posted a $190,000 bond to cover the cost of …