West Plains Study Area

West Plains Study Area Project Summary

In the past few comprehensive plan amendment review cycles, Spokane County has seen a trend of Comprehensive Plan Amendment requests and inquiries for the conversion of lands zoned Light Industrial to an urban residential category in the West Plains Urban Growth Area generally south of I-90.

These various individual requests suggest that a more comprehensive assessment to explore future uses in the area is warranted. To do so,  the Spokane County Planning Commission initiated planning staff to study these areas within the Thorpe-West Plains UGA/JPA on March 1, 2022. This study will include potential for additional residential designations in appropriate areas and confirmation of commercial and light industrial areas for economic growth. This effort will also examine areas in proximity to Spokane International Airport’s runway control zones to prevent encroachment of inappropriate uses in these areas.

The study area has approximately 1,500-acres of land designated as Light Industrial. There are more than 500 parcels lying south of interstate 90 that are designated as Light Industrial, and approximately 50 parcels and 230 acres designated residential lying north of Interstate 90. Major Arterial Roads within the project study area include: Geiger Blvd., Hayford Road, Westbow Road, Aero Road, Hallett Road, Grove Road (North of 53rd Ave), Assembly Road, and Thorpe Road.

Upon completion of the study, Spokane County Building and Planning Department will share the results with the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissions to initiate a potential Comprehensive Plan Amendment that will be included in the County’s 2022 amendment cycle.

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