Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Court Rules County Owns Undeveloped Portion of Appleway

A ruling by the Washington Court of Appeals yesterday means the County now gets to make decisions on how to extend Appleway Boulevard east from University Road while preserving the option of a light rail line in the future.

The court says the undeveloped portion of Appleway Boulevard in Spokane Valley doesn't belong to the city. The County and City of Spokane Valley have been arguing over the ownership of the former Milwaukee Road railroad right of way for months. The City said it automatically passed from Spokane County to Spokane Valley when the city was incorporated five years ago, but the County disagreed.

Here's the full story.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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