Just last week, a split Spokane Valley City Council gave a shaky thumbs up to a controversial zone change provided a developer’s agreement could be nailed down.
With any luck at all, however, there won’t be a need for too many strikes of the hammer, however.
On Tuesday, city staffers were back before the council to discuss terms negotiated with Greg Arger, who is seeking a higher-density zoning in order to build a luxury apartment complex that could accommodate up to 240 units in the area of Conklin and Broadway, just south of the Wal-Mart shopping center.
Residents of the 10-acre site, however, have told the council they are concerned about the influx of new neighbors into the mostly rural area and a potential high rise in their back yards. They also worry about the impact on the affected roads.
“Why do we have to put up with such an invasion into our neighborhood?” asked Jan Wold at the June 26 council meeting.
The majority of the council, in a 4-3 vote, said that those concerns should be mitigated between city staffers and the developer before the zone change gets final approval.
Negotiated issues have included limiting the density to 22 units per acre, having the main access on Broadway Avenue, not improving Alki Avenue, the construction of a shared-use path from Moore to Sonora roads, and creating a 40-foot wide buffer between the complex and adjacent property lines. This would limit the building height to 35 feet.
The council will hear staff’s next report on the progress of the developer’s agreement at the July 17 study session, where no public comment will be taken. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled to follow on July 24.
The second reading for final approval is set for July 31.
The council next meets on Tuesday, July 10.