Dear Community Member,

Thank you to everyone who attended one of the Building Opportunity and Choices for All open houses, where planning staff presented information about the interim ordinance and what it means for Spokane’s neighborhoods. If you were unable to make one of the in-person or virtual sessions, you can watch a recording of the August 25th virtual open house here or on the project web page. Each session provided an overview of the interim zoning ordinance and the goals of the one-year pilot program, staff outlined the development and design standards, project vesting, and ran through the more frequently asked questions from property owners, neighborhood residents, and interested developers.

Hearing from the public is an important part of City staff's work for the one-year work program to update the City's Comprehensive Plan and development code. Community engagement will continue throughout the next year.

What questions have we heard from the community so far?

Q: How will this program affect my neighborhood?

The pilot program is designed to allow for small-scale development that compliments the residential nature of our neighborhoods. If development occurs in your neighborhood, you may see new buildings that provide more housing choices. And there is a chance you may not even know a building has multiple units until you meet your new neighbors!

Q: How is parking impacted by the interim ordinance?

Parking standards were not altered through the interim ordinance. The current parking requirements for residential development is one parking space per unit, and then one additional space per unit for each additional bedroom above two. For example, a fourplex with one bedroom in each unit would require four parking spaces. A fourplex with three bedrooms in each unit would require eight parking spaces.

Q: Will this give current homeowners incentive to demolish their homes and build multi-family units?

Due to the costs associated with demolition and construction, it is unlikely we will see homes in good condition being demolished for multi-family development. In addition, the cost of buying the property and demolishing a house can cost between $15,000 and $40,000 depending on the property. These costs do not include designing and constructing a new building. New housing provided through the pilot program is expected to occur largely on vacant or underutilized lots with additional land and dilapidated properties.

Q: What is the specific process to make permanent changes?

During the year-long work program, the City will hold community engagement opportunities and Plan Commission workshops. Any permanent changes to the Comprehensive Plan or the development code then go to Plan Commission for recommendation and then to City Council for a vote. We will continue sending updates and update project pages at Shaping Spokane Housing. Hearing from property owners and developers using these development regulations will help planning staff when drafting permanent code changes. Your thoughts and comments about possible permanent changes are encouraged and needed. Please email [email protected] with your feedback!

Save the Date!

City Council will hold a public hearing Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 at the 6 p.m. legislative meeting to kick off outreach for the one-year work program. The interim ordinance intends to update housing-supportive Comprehensive Plan policies and land uses, and the City’s development code to allow for more housing types in residential zones.

City Council meetings are being held in hybrid, allowing for in-person or virtual attendance. Attend in person or tune in on City5 Comcast channel 5, City Council Facebook page, or stream from the City’s website.

Ways to provide public comment:

  • In person on Monday, Sept. 12 in City Council Chambers, sign up between 5-6 p.m.
  • Virtually via Webex, sign up between 5-6 p.m.
  • Send an email to [email protected] prior to the meeting

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