The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department conducts hearings during the year for the purpose of providing information about the Community Development Programs to County residents and to receive comments from citizens regarding program activities. The number of hearings conducted during the year depends in part on the needs of County residents and the nature of the proposed activities. At a minimum, hearings are conducted for the following purposes:
- To obtain citizens views on community development needs, prior to developing funding policies.
- To receive citizen’s comments on proposed activities, prior to final funding decisions being made.
- To review program performance, at least annually.
Hearings may be conducted at locations other than the County Courthouse complex, to make them more convenient to residents of areas which have a significant number of low and moderate income residents or for which community development activities are proposed. Hearings are generally held in the evenings to encourage greater public attendance.
Public Hearings are advertised at least one week in advance in the legal section of local newspapers and are open to the public. Notices of hearings are provided to persons and organizations requesting program information from the Department. The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department encourages written comments from persons who are unable to attend hearings. A statement to this effect is included in all hearing announcements.
Persons who have physical, mental or developmental disabilities making it difficult for them to participate in public hearings and non-English speaking residents, may obtain program information by contacting the Housing and Community Development Division. Organizations representing persons who have special needs are notified of Community Development Program hearings. Hearing notices state that signing, translation or other services needed by persons with disabilities will be available if requested in advance. Hearings are held in locations accessible to persons with limited mobility.