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Law gives developers a break

An unusual provision of Washington law has repeatedly allowed major real estate developments to go forward even after they’ve been declared urban sprawl that violates the state’s Growth Management Act. …


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 …


Businesses complain about plan

Property owners on Sprague Avenue west of Argonne came to City Hall on Thursday morning to vent about issues they have with the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. The Spokane Valley City …


County proceeds despite appeal

A group of Liberty Lake neighbors is fearful that a hearing before Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday will allow a property owner on the shore of Liberty Lake to develop …


Job description tweaked

After a lively discussion Tuesday night, the Spokane Valley City Council decided that their new city manager should have a college degree, but doesn’t need to have any experience as …


Zoning changes, safety project get bad public reviews

Several people used the public comment period at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting to complain about zoning problems and the proposed Broadway Avenue Safety Project, which generated questions and …


Broadcast costs weighed

A discussion on whether or not to broadcast the Spokane Valley City Council meetings received a lukewarm reception Tuesday, with some Council members strongly in favor of it and others …


Examiner upholds decision barring boat display

Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey has upheld the decision by the city of Spokane Valley community development department that Elephant Boys may not display boats in front of its …


Council tackles zoning

The Spokane Valley City Council got its first look at this year’s proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments Tuesday and, as expected, they generated a discussion on what things should be in …


Council orders review of SARP

The Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan was again a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting. A motion to add SARP to the Planning Commission’s agenda for 2011 Comprehensive …


Zoning law muddies waters

Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey will decide in about a week whether the Elephant Boys store at 12606 E. Sprague Ave. can continue displaying new boats in a fenced-off …


Outcomes on amendments split

One development code amendment failed to be passed by the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday while a second was approved even as some council members objected to passing it …


Sprague/Appleway plan not simple to alter

It is not legal for the new Spokane Valley City Council to simply declare the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan null and void, said City Attorney Mike Connelly during Tuesday’s meeting. Instead …


Code query stirs debate

Two proposed changes to Spokane Valley’s Uniform Development Code caught the attention of some City Council members during Tuesday’s meeting, leading to debate on property owner rights. One proposed UDC …


Spokane Valley business vacancy rates rise as city struggles to develop a growth plan

‘For lease” signs dot both sides of East Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley like dandelions springing from the sidewalks. The former National Golf store has been empty for more than …


Church gets OK to put up bigger sign

A Wandermere-area megachurch got permission Tuesday to supersize its sign. But the Turning Point Open Bible Church at 11911 N. Division St. can’t sell french fries like other owners of …


Zoning rollback sought

The new Spokane Valley City Council not only wants to look at eliminating the controversial Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan, but appears poised to return zoning laws to 2003, when the newly …


Plan change appealed to state hearing board

Some residents on the shore of Liberty Lake have been complaining long and loud about a proposed zoning change to a 3.6-acre piece of property at 24024 E. Lakeridge Drive. …


Bill targets zone change notifications

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – State Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, is proposing a bill that would require cities and counties to notify property owners when their properties will be considered …


Developer seeks rural rezone

A public hearing will be held Thursday to help Spokane County decide whether to allow a Liberty Lake landowner to build up to six homes per acre, a move that …


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 …


Sides line up for growth-plan debate

A battle appears to be brewing over Kootenai County’s comprehensive plan, the document that will guide growth for the foreseeable future. Some in the development and planning industry criticize the …


Avon Lady Back In The Slammer Christmann Jailed For Defying City Law Again

Rose Christmann, left, walks to jail Thursday with her niece, Jane Pittsley. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Gravel Pits Embedded In Debate After Opposing Gravel Mine, Man Decides He Wants One

This location at Green Ferry Road and Highway 41 could be the site of the next gravel pit on the Rathdrum Prairie. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Spalding Auto Parts Seeks Approval To Expand Storage Area

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Merits Of Rv Park Debated Neighbors Urge City Council To Deny Blackwell Island Proposal

Developers want this marshy floodplain for an RV park and boat launch. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review