The City of Spokane’s Plan Commission will hold a public hearing and open house on Wednesday, June 13, at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Lower Level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The Plan Commission is working on recommended amendments to Spokane Municipal Code related to the Infill Housing Zoning Code Update Project to provide new opportunities for residential infill development. The proposals are intended to encourage ownership of housing and address ways to make infill residential development compatible with existing neighborhoods.

The Commission is seeking public input on the recommended amendments to the code at the public hearing and open house. Planning Services staff will be available before the open house, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., to answer questions.

The draft proposed amendments are available at

Why am I posting this on a transportation blog? Because where you live in relation to where you work has everything to do with transportation. When we were working on the Transportation Vision Project in 2010 and ’11, a lot of the feedback received was that we need to encourage infill instead of sprawl. If people live close to where they work, they’re more likely to walk, ride their bikes or the bus to commute. That translates to less vehicle miles travelled, which is one of our long-term goals at SRTC, which in turn translates to a more convenient, better-maintained transportation system to everyone. I feel like a robot sometimes when I write things like that, but it’s true.

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