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Ten Sleep rock climbing routes spark Wyoming dispute

A Wyoming rock climber’s installation of routes in a popular Bighorn Mountain canyon has the Forest Service concerned and the sport’s athletes divided.


First-time homebuyers met with few housing options in seller’s market; Spokane officials offer potential fixes

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., July 21, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

City, land conservancy group, take next step in connecting Palisades Park to Riverside State Park

On July 12 the Spokane Park Boar approved a Palisades Park acquisition resolution. The resolution will allow park staff to consider eventually owning and managing land north of Palisades Park. …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Developer Douglass appeals Spokane City Council’s denial of Indian Trail apartment complex

Harley Douglass has appealed the City Council’s universal rejection of his plans to build 750 housing units on 50 acres of property in the North Indian Trail neighborhood, citing disobeyance …


Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project

A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …


Concrete company seeks to open sand deposit in Mead; residents rally against plan

Spokane’s Central Pre-Mix Concrete Co. wants to mine a sand deposit in Mead, but neighbors are against the proposal before the county hearing examiner


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 …


South Perry’s success causing parking headaches; pay-to-park lot proposed

The Spokane City Council is considering building a pay-to-park lot in the South Perry District, a proposal that’s drawing mixed feelings from local residents and businesses.


Spokane County, neighborhood groups sign sweeping settlement in land-use disputes

Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will …


Spokane County commissioners approve West Plains basalt mining

The unanimous three-member commission imposed some restrictions on Ron Calhoon’s mining plans, including a prohibition on blasting and crushing and a requirement for safety vehicles on-site.


Neighbors cite roads, wildlife in opposition to proposed West Plains mining plan

Residents along Brooks Road, a lightly maintained gravel street on the West Plains, have spoken out against plans by Ron Calhoun to mine basalt on his 70-plus acres. Calhoun says …


Land use, property rights top issues for Kootenai County commissioner candidates

Kootenai County voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary are considering six names for two of the three county commissioner seats. Their backgrounds and experience may be what separates them most, as …


Avista plans stormwater swale

Avista Corp. is working on plans to install a new landscaped drainage and infiltration basin on its campus along Upriver Drive and the Centennial Trail.


Canterbury Bluff back before county hearing examiner

The controversial Canterbury Bluff subdivision in northern Spokane County has gone back before the county hearing examiner with a revised plan to increase undeveloped space around a wetland on the …


Nature Conservancy allays concerns over plans for land in Kittitas County

When an international conservation group announced last winter it was making a major purchase of forest land in western Kittitas County, it raised some concern among area residents who enjoyed …


Planners outline ideas for Lincoln Heights

Experts in community planning from the Seattle-based Urban Land Institute Northwest said the Lincoln Heights district in southeast Spokane is at a crossroads. Good land-use planning, focusing on people and …


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 …


Criminal justice panel, others have openings

The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council is looking for two community members interested in aiding efforts to reform the county’s criminal justice system. The group, responsible for evaluating and …


Basalt mining permit sought

A property owner will try again to establish a controversial basalt mining operation on his 78 acres in western Spokane County. But Don Howell, a retired real estate agent who’s …


Recommended votes

A comprehensive plan amendment request needs four votes in favor to move forward to the Spokane Valley City Council with a recommendation from the planning commission; a tied vote means …


Spokane Valley planning process confuses

A second meeting about citizen-led updates to Spokane Valley’s comprehensive plan quickly got confusing. The meeting of the Spokane Valley Planning Commission Monday followed a standing-room-only session Thursday, where public …


County’s hiring of land-use attorney concerns urban growth expansion opponents

Opponents of Spokane County’s plans to expand areas where urban growth can occur say they’re concerned about the hiring of an attorney with strong ties to developers. In January, county …


Spokane County could restrict Wandermere apartment complex

Spokane County commissioners may be able to set restrictions on a proposed controversial apartment complex near Wandermere Golf Course. The developer, Rudeen Development, proposed to county officials this week capping …


Mielke touts county’s proactive approach in address

Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his State of the County address Friday morning. “We’ve …


County government invests in change

Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his state of the county address Friday morning.


Spokane County, Valley at odds over traffic roundabout

A spat between Spokane County and Spokane Valley over a controversial traffic roundabout has the two governments at legal odds. It is the second time this year the county has …


Kootenai County comprehensive plan to get another look

A long-running tug-of-war over how Kootenai County controls growth and development is swinging back toward private property interests. The last attempt to update the county’s land use code sparked a …


Judge sends Canterbury Bluff plat back to Spokane County planning

A Spokane County Superior Court judge said the county planning department and its hearing examiner failed to provide adequate protection for a wetland located in the heart of a proposed …


Freddy Park in legal limbo over construction of a road

A forested park in the Wandermere neighborhood gifted to the county by retail company Fred Meyer will stay undeveloped for now. Earlier this week appellate judges kept in place an …


Spokane neighborhood groups strive for urban renewal

The drizzle last week did nothing to discourage Grayson and Megan Bjork from one of their regular visits to the South Perry commercial district. The young couple, taking turns holding …