Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Your Input Needed On Infill Housing

One of the recommendations that came out of last year's Transportation Vision Project was to further coordinate transportation and land use planning. It was suggested to do this by 'providing affordable and convenient housing where transportation choices exist for a range of incomes, and where the provision of new transportation infrastructure is practicable.'

That's where a series of City of Spokane open houses come in. As the City of Spokane continues to grow, infill development will become more important as large tracts of land become less available. Infill development should be implemented through City standards and policies in order to ensure quality projects and compatibility with existing neighborhoods.

In 2008 a task force was formed to look at existing standards to determine if improvements could be made to encourage additional infill opportunities. The Infill Housing Task Force completed its review of the base zoning code standards, a draft code amendment for Pocket Residential Development, and draft amendments to the Planned Unit Development code.

The Plan Commission has completed its initial review of draft amendment suggestions and is hosting open house meetings next week and in early December to get your feedback.

This is an opportunity to get information and provide input on recommended revisions to the Spokane Municipal Code related to improving options for the development of infill housing. The open house meetings are:

• Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St.

• Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m.
NEW ESD 101 Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St.

• Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m.
West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St.

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About SRTC

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.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.