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.

Notice of Demolition at 5216 S. Perry Street

This week received notice of the proposed demolition of a single family home at 5216 S. Perry Street. Per the City’s demolition ordinances, the neighborhood council is to be notified of any pending demolition in the neighborhood and the public is given 10 calendar days to provide comments or voice concerns. In this case, comments need to be provided to permitmanager@spokanecity.org by the end of the day Sunday, January 14th.

We were given the demolition permit application from the City. The only other information I have found is from the City permitting system that describes the project as, “Full house demo including attached garage. Structure built in 1965 not in historic district. Not listed as historic property.”

The property is located just inside the City border (the City line is 53rd Ave.) and backs up against the Manito Country Club. It is zoned Single Family Residential and that is what the zoning should stay.

 

Two Comment Periods Closing Next Week

There are two comment periods on proposed developments closing next week. The first is an apartment complex on Palouse Hwy. just out in the County, the second is the memory care facility on Freya Street. I’ve outlined them briefly below:

Hilby Station 2 Apartments
There is a SEPA Comment period open for the proposed Hilby Station Apartments that we heard about last month. This is a 32-unit apartment complex on Palouse Hwy. just south of the intersection of Freya and Palouse Hwy.

I have uploaded the documents for review here:

The comment period is open till Friday, October 6th and you can submit your comments to the County Planing Department by emailing Dawn Dompier at ddompier@spokanecounty.org.

Fieldstone Memory Care Conditional Use Permit
We have written before about the CUP for the proposed memory care facility at 44th and Freya. The City is now seeking agency comments on the CUP and they are due by close of business Thursday, October 5th. Submit your comments to Stephanie Bishop at sbishop@spokanecity.org.

I have uploaded documents for review here:


Have fun considering these two projects. I encourage all of you to submit comments, however brief to let the City and County know what you think of the ongoing development up here in Southgate.

October SNC Materials

Check our Minutes and Agendas page for the agenda for our October meeting and minutes from September.

We will have an update from the Office of Neighborhood Services and a presentation on the South Hill Coalition, its relationship to the neighborhood councils, and how it is implementing the neighborhood plans for the South Hill.

We’ll see you on October 4th at 7pm at ESD 101!