Housing Update

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023


Dear Community Member,

Planning staff was out in the community last week, hanging flyers at libraries, community centers, and markets to let everyone know about the housing survey which is now live. If you want a flyer for your business or office, email [email protected] with your request!

And don’t forget to take the Building Opportunity for Housing survey and share it with your neighbors and friends. The survey will help inform an update to Spokane’s vision for housing, provide direction for future development code changes, and identify the co-benefits of housing choice. 

Take the Survey

Brandon and KayCee, long-range planners with the Department of Planning and Economic Development, posting housing survey flyers at the Liberty Park Library.

Beyond the Housing Binary: 1900s Spokane

The idea of housing used to be a lot more fluid.

In the early 1900s when Spokane doubled in size, the many residents seeking their fortunes found housing in a variety of options- from single occupancy rooms, a house, or a triplex- that allowed them plenty of choice, and supplied the booming businesses with much needed laborers. Read more!

In the Know ... Population Booms, Then and Now

Did you know that Spokane has experienced population booms in the past? Each time we experienced a boom the city had to find a way to quickly house many new residents.

Spokane grew from a small settlement of 350 people in 1880 to more than 30,000 by 1900. Within 10 years, the City had grown to more than 100,000 residents. Single room occupancy (SROs) and boarding houses were used to house this influx of residents downtown.

In the 40s and 50s, as the population grew thanks to wartime manufacturing, many single-family homes were converted into multi-family residences to quickly accommodate the need for workforce housing. Another 39,000 people moved to Spokane in just those two decades.

Spokane is experiencing its third wave of population growth. In 1980, the population was 171,300. By 2020, more than 57,000 people had moved to Spokane and jumped the population to 228,989. And since 2020, the population has continued to grow and exceed county projections.

This wave has been slower than before, but just like during the previous booms the City can look at different housing types to accommodate this growth. Everyone deserves a home, and the City is striving to make this easier for more people.

Plan Commission Information

City of Spokane

Plan Commission

Meeting Schedule

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month in City Hall


  • January 25: Workshop  – an update was given on ongoing community engagement efforts and Plan Commission discussed its role in the Building Opportunity for Housing project.


  • Wednesday, Feb 22: Plan Commission will hear an update on the Short-Term Rental Code amendments, another focus of the Shaping Spokane Housing initiative.
 Agenda Details

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