Link Spokane: Updating the City’s Transportation Plan

The City of Spokane is updating the transportation chapter of the city’s Comprehensive Plan in 2014. On Thursday they released a 12-page booklet with the Inlander that outlines the process, the philosophy that drives it and some draft goals for the final product.

There are some great ideas in the document, some of which are already being enacted. Projects like the Crestline water main and the upcoming High Drive redevelopment incorporate some of the vision the city is talking about (combining transportation and utility projects to stretch limited funds). The big question is how these concepts, some of which are already in the current Comprehensive Plan, can be enacted in current projects like the development of the Southgate District Center.

The booklet emphasizes the need to encourage multi-modal transportation options with the goal of creating “livable streets”. Features like dedicated bike lanes, roundabouts, and pedestrian connections are held up as “Best Practices” in transportation planning and design. These are all elements of the complete streets approach Southgate Neighborhood took in developing our Neighborhood Connectivity Plan. I encourage you to look at the city’s plan and see how it melds with our neighborhood’s.

The city is encouraging public input through a series of open houses starting early next month. The full list is on the back of the brochure or can find the information on the Spokane Planning Department website. I’ve also entered the events on our website calendar. Now is the time to put this on our radar and give our input to the city since this update will set the tone for transportation planning in our area for the next 20 years.

All Building Permits Granted for Target Site

Last month we found out that the city has granted permits for all the buildings on the Target site. We showed the plans at the Southgate Neighborhood Council Meeting last night, but I’ve uploaded them here so you can see them in detail. THey have not changed much from the first versions we saw during the Design Review process back in February an April last year. One new addition is the identity of the tenant of the largest business site in Pad D: PetSmart. As you can see their name is on the 12,000 square foot site and that was confirmed in conversations with city Planning Department staff.

Without further ado: Target Pad Plans