Garden District Development Design Review

The City of Spokane Design Review Board (DRB) will hold a Collaborative Workshop on the proposed Garden District project on Wednesday, April 25th at 5:30pm in the Council Briefing Chamber at City Hall. This is the development proposed for the Sonneland Property near 29th and Southeast Boulevard.

This meeting is open to the public and public comments will be taken by the board. You can also submit comments ahead of time to the DRB Community Assembly representative, Kathy Lang, or to City Urban Designer, Omar Akkari.

For more information on this project and the proposed site plan visit: https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/bcc/boards/design-review-board/agendas/2018/04/drb-agenda-2018-04-25.pdf

The City recommends people align their comments with the City code related to design requirements for Planned Unit Development (PUD) projects found here: https://my.spokanecity.org/smc/?Chapter=17G.070 (sections 100-150).

February SNC Materials

Check our Minutes and Agendas page for the agenda for our February meeting and minutes from January and way back in November (yep, got them uploaded this time).

This month we have our regular business and we will also have a presentation about the proposed new South Hill library. We will also  be finalizing our choice for traffic calming applications for the 2018 cycle.

We’ll see you on February 7th at 7pm at ESD 101!

2018 Traffic Calming Program Applications

Every year, the City solicits applications from the neighborhood councils for its Traffic Calming Program. According to the City’s website traffic calming is, “a self-enforcing traffic management approach that forces motorists to alter their speed or direction of travel. The purpose of traffic calming is to improve safety, especially for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to improve the environment or “livability” of streets for residents and visitors.” The funding for this program comes from the City’s red light traffic cameras.

Southgate Neighborhood Council is allowed to submit two applications, one for a proposed arterial street and one for a residential street. Examples of past projects include the cross walk and refuge island on Palouse Highway behind Target and the addition of street tress along 42nd Avenue by Hazel’s Creek.

The 2018 applications are due on March 1st and so we will be discussing this topic at our neighborhood council meeting on Wednesday, February 7th. At our January meeting, attendees suggested a number of possible projects for consideration and we will be voting on these options next week. They are:

  • Clearly marking the pedestrian crossing at 39th & Regal to improve visibility
  •  Make the right lane at 44th and Regal heading southbound right turn only to make the through traffic merge earlier and not back up into the intersection
  • Infill sidewalks on Thurston Street between Cook and Regal (or further if we can)
  • City requested flashing lights at schools zones near Ferris HS on 37th (SNC members suggest that the city use their funds from red lights at schools)

These are all arterial projects. Not every neighborhood application gets approved. Our applications two years ago were rejected.

The City has a website about the program and “toolbox” to provide some ideas for traffic calming solutions. Take a look and see if there are places in our neighborhood that could benefit from some traffic calming. Come to our meeting next week to discuss!

New Historic Preservation and Demolition Ordinance Changes

The City has issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) for their new update to the City’s historic preservation and demolition ordinances. The changes would strengthen the historic preservation rules in Spokane to assure demolished historic structures would be replaced with ones that reflect the character of the remaining neighborhood. You can read more on the City of Spokane’s website.

The DNS means that there are likely no major environmental impacts to updating this ordinance. However, once you read it, this determination can be appealed and comments submitted to the City until 5:00pm on Thursday, January 25th. Send comments and questions about appealing to Tirrell Black at the City Planning Department.