Steering Committee News

Workshop on Land Quantity Analysis Methodology
​Changes considered for Growth Management Planning

The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the establishment of Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) to provide a distinct boundary between urban and rural growth.  Determining the size of UGAs involves a land quantity analysis (LQA) that assesses the availability of vacant and partially used land to accommodate future urban growth.  LQAs are based on 20-year population forecasts adopted by counties.

​Spokane County is considering updating its land quantity analysis methodology, including potential revisions to "market factors".  Market factors reflect a property owners desire to either sell or develop their vacant or partially used property within a 20-year planning horizon.  Market factors are intended to address the fact that not all developable land will be available for development during the GMA planning timeframe since not all landowners are willing to develop their property for a variety of reasons (investment, future expansion, personal use, speculation).  The geographical scope under consideration includes Spokane County's metropolitan Urban Growth Area (UGA) including the City of Spokane, Spokane Valley and unincorporated areas within the UGA. 

​A workshop to consider proposed changes to the Land Quantity Analysis is scheduled with the Steering Committee of Elected Officials in January.  The workshop will provide a forum to discuss and provide input on the proposed changes and the scope of additional studies.

​The workshop is scheduled for January 18, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.  The workshop will be held at the Spokane Regional Health District in conference room 140, 1101 W. College Avenue, Spokane, WA.  If you have any questions please contact Steve Davenport, AICP, Senior Planner at (509) 477-7221 or email at [email protected].  You may additionally contact Maria Maynard, Steering Committee Clerk, at (509) 477-7104 or [email protected].

​Please see attached documents for additional information.