Monday, February 4, 2013

Input Sought On Logan Neighborhood Zoning

The City of Spokane Planning and Development Services department is partnering with the Logan Neighborhood Stakeholder Committee to host an open house this Wednesday, Feb. 6, to gather input from the public on new zoning and street design standards proposed for the Hamilton corridor between Desmet and Nora.
The open house is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a presentation at 6 p.m., at the Gonzaga University Plant Services Building Training Room, 1004 N. Ruby Street (Access via Desmet).
The Logan Neighborhood is working with the City on developing model “form-based zoning code” with a goal of encouraging more pedestrian activity in the district. Form-based code relies on the physical form of buildings and amenities to determine how development occurs, while traditional zoning is based on separation of uses, like commercial or residential uses.
The new zoning for this area is intended to simplify development design and the permit review process, replacing the current Centers and Corridors zoning and the City's design guidelines. The work is funded by the Logan Neighborhood. The work is intended as a model for the City of Spokane, demonstrating how a form-based code can be applied to places where pedestrian and bicycle traffic is encouraged.

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