Steering Committee News

Public Hearing to Consider Changes to Countywide Planning Policies

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.

The land quantity analysis methodology was initially adopted by the Spokane County Steering Committee of Elected Officials on November 3, 1995 and is part of the adopted Countywide Planning Policies for Spokane County. The proposed amendment is based on a settlement agreement between Spokane County and various appellants to several land use actions before the Growth Management Hearings Board. In the settlement agreement, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to propose modification to the LQA methodology. The geological scope under consideration includes Spokane County’s urban growth area including cities and unincorporated areas with the urban growth area. A workshop to consider proposed changes to the land quantity analysis was held with the Steering Committee of Elected Officials in January, 2017. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for October 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will be held at the Spokane Regional Health District in conference room 140, 1101 W College Ave, Spokane WA. If you have any questions please contact Steve Davenport, AICP, Senior Planner at 477-7221 or email at [email protected] You may additionally contact Maria Maynard, Steering Committee Clerk, at (509) 477-7104 or mmaynard @spokanecounty.org.