September 25, 2013
County Commissioners Office
Last week, the Board of County Commissioners were made aware of an opportunity to enhance the safety of Fairchild Air Force Base and its personnel, both military and civilian. This morning, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously for an interim zoning ordinance that affects properties adjacent to Fairchild Air Force Base. The interim ordinance limits the types of activities solely to agricultural uses – and thereby provides a security buffer for the base. The Board of County Commissioners also directed staff to remove the area subject to the interim ordinance from the Urban Growth Area boundary through an emergency amendment to the Spokane County Comprehensive Plan.
According to Commissioner Al French, the board acted in concert with 92nd ARW Commander Colonel Brian M. Newberry to address the safety concerns of the base. “Providing a security buffer enhances the protection of the base, and its current and future missions,” French said.
The affected area is approximately 400 acres in size and bordered by McFarlane Road (north), State Route 902 (south), Fairchild Air Force Base (east), and the Geiger Spur Rail Line (west).
The interim zoning ordinance will be in effect for six months, or until the Board of County Commissioners takes action to remove the properties from the Urban Growth Area (UGA) which would render the ordinance moot.
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