Ah, who could forget the battle for the North Greenacres lot sizes in 2007?
Or how about last year’s fight over a proposed low-income senior apartment complex near St. John Vianney Parish?
And then there was this year’s conflict over whether or not a high-end apartment building was appropriate for a large open space near Broadway and Conklin Road?
Good times, good times.
But while the annual updating of the Spokane Valley Comprehensive Pan – the pesky state-mandated Growth Management Act process that often pits neighbor against neighbor, potential developer against City Hall – has had its share of epic skirmishes in the past several years, things are looking remarkably quiet going into 2013.
During Tuesday night’s study session, council members were told that so far no applications have been received for “privately initiated” amendment requests to the comp plan, which have traditionally raised the most ire. There have, however, been several preliminary meetings that could see applications reach the planning office door before the Nov. 1 deadline.
“Nothing has materialized to date,” said Mike Basinger, senior planner. “But there has been plenty of interest.”
The city can also initiate comp plan amendments, and there are a few planned. Most are “housekeeping” issues, Basinger said, in order to match state guidelines. Others – in the transportation and capital facilities chapters of the comprehensive plan – will be made so the city can continue to qualify for Real Estate Excise Tax money from the state.
City staffers are planning on making some changes to the zoning map, including evaluating split zoning classifications north of Trent Avenue between McDonald and Blake roads along with reclassifying property located east of Eastern Road, north of Park Road and south of Interstate 90 from “office” to “community commercial.”
In other news, the council agreed to award a sidewalk construction project from Adams to Sullivan roads on 24th Avenue to Cameron-Reilly LLC. A six-foot sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of the road and tie into existing sidewalks on each end of the project, which will largely benefit students attending Sunrise Elementary School.