Thursday, February 28, 2013

Packed House For Urban Growth Area Expansion Hearing

A hearing last night on a county proposal to expand the urban growth area (UGA) was packed. There was testimony about how extending the UGA would put taxpayers at risk for the cost of extending public services. And those who said they own tracts of land that could be developed if the proposal goes through. SRTC Transportation Advisory Committee member Kitty Klitzke was at the meeting and asked County Commissioner not to extenda the UGA. The Spokesman-Review summarizes the meeting.

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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.