City of Spokane Valley

Report
Public Meeting
April 15, 2015
CenterPlace Regional Event Center
Part I: Project Refresher
 Overview of Project
Part II: Community Vision Report
 Summary
Part III: CAR Applications
 Brief overview of submitted applications and process
Part IV: Comprehensive Plan Goals and Policies
 Introduction to Goals and Policies
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Project Refresher
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Phase I
• Public Participation Program
• Data Gathering
• Community Visioning
Phase 2
• Draft EIS (necessity of EIS to be determined)
• Draft Comprehensive Plan Elements
• Draft Edits to Development Regulations
Phase 3
• Final Draft EIS (if needed)
• Final Draft Comprehensive Plan Elements
• Final Edits to Development Regulations
• Adoption
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Amend the Zoning
Code and other
development
regulations as
needed to ensure
consistency with
updated
Comprehensive Plan
Review the vision
for the
development of the
community
Data gathering
Implement the
Public Participation
Program to ensure
continuous
participation
Develop goals,
policies, and
objectives
consistent with the
vision
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Amend the Zoning
Code and other
development
regulations as
needed to ensure
consistency with
updated
Comprehensive Plan
Review the vision
for the
development of the
community
Data gathering
Implement the
Public Participation
Program to ensure
continuous
participation
Develop goals,
policies, and
objectives
consistent with the
vision
We are here
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Washington State Growth Management Act
RCW 36.70A
Spokane County and Cities
Countywide Planning Policies
Spokane Valley
Comprehensive Plan
Spokane Valley
Development
Regulations
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The Comprehensive
Plan
Community
Goals and
Policies
Is implemented by:
Regulations
Plans
Programs
For example:
Zoning
Code
Parks and
Recreation
Master Plan
Safe
Sidewalks to
School
How these impact you:
Determines
what can be
built where
Plan for
funding
parks
Improved
pedestrian
connections
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The Spokane Valley Comprehensive Plan (SVCP) establishes a vision for the future
of Spokane Valley during a 20-year period and responds to the requirements of the
GMA
The existing SVCP contains the following elements:
Existing Spokane Valley Comprehensive Plan Elements
Land Use
Economic Development
Transportation
Natural Environment
Capital Facilities
Parks, Recreation & Arts
Housing
Neighborhoods
Private/Public Utilities
Bike & Pedestrian
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Community Vision Report
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Released April 14, 2015
The full report can be
accessed at:
http://www.spokanevalley.org/CP
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By the numbers:
 3 public visioning meetings were held (January 28, 29 and March 4)
 200 members of the public attended the three public visioning
meetings
 106 individual comments were received
 20 themes were derived from the public input
 1 Community Vision Report to summarize the first project phase
 5,000 dots sacrificed
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Purpose
The report contains a summary of the milestones in the first phase of the
Comprehensive Plan update process. It explains how the themes were developed
and adjusted based on input from the public.
Contents
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Project overview
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Public participation objectives
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Initial themes and finalized themes
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All meeting materials (in appendices)
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Comment matrix with staff responses to all comments received
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Community
Character
Economic
Opportunity
Housing
Transportation
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“A community of opportunity where individuals and families
can grow and play and businesses will flourish and prosper.”
Source: Spokane Valley Comprehensive Plan
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CAR Applications
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A total of 26 applications were received
• 19 Map amendment requests
• 5 Text amendment requests
• 2 Overlay zone request (map and text amendment)
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Staff
Review
•Review for
criteria
•Prepare Staff
Memo
*April – May 2015
Planning
Commission
•Review Staff
Memo
•Forward a
Recommendation
to City Council
*May 2015
City
Council
•Review Planning
Commission
Recommendation
•Make final
decision on what
is included in
update scope
*May – June 2015
*Anticipated Dates
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Comprehensive Plan Goals and Policies
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The existing Comprehensive Plan contains the following elements:
Existing Spokane Valley Comprehensive Plan Elements
Land Use
Economic Development
Transportation
Natural Environment
Capital Facilities
Parks, Recreation & Arts
Housing
Neighborhoods
Private/Public Utilities
Bike & Pedestrian
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Goals and policies provide the framework for the policy direction of the City.
For the purposes of this Comprehensive Plan, goals and policies are defined
as:
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“Goals” are broad statements describing the direction and manner in
which the community wants to grow.
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“Policies” are statements of actions and specific directions or approaches
that should be taken to achieve the goals.
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A strong goal statement specifies:
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An objective
The action that will lead to positive change
The conditions/context/settings of what should be changed
For instance:
“Provide for safe and efficient freight mobility.”
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A strong policy statement illustrates:
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What it intends to accomplish
How it can be implemented
To the extent possible, how success is measured
For instance:
“Designate appropriate truck routes in the City of Spokane Valley.”
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Staff is conducting a Comprehensive Plan Audit to determine which goals and
policies are strong and necessary to retain and which are necessary to revise,
move, or delete.
Criteria used in this audit include, but are not limited to:
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Redundancy/duplication
Effectiveness and focus on implementation
Relation to public input themes
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An intent of the updated Comprehensive Plan is to remove unnecessary goal
or policy statements and ensure that all goals and policies are strong and
effective. This idea is referred to as the “Comprehensive Plan Diet.”
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Please visit the poster stations and review the various examples that have
been prepared.
Comment cards are available at each station for you to express your thoughts
on how the City addresses Comprehensive Plan goals and policies in the
update.
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Members of the Public:
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Stay tuned. Planning Commission meeting to review CAR applications is
anticipated to be held in May 2015. City Council is anticipated to review CAR
applications in May/June 2015.
Stay involved. Sign-up for e-mail alerts at www.spokanevalley.org/CP
Staff tasks:
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Review CAR applications, make recommendation to Planning Commission
Complete the Comprehensive Plan audit
Prepare Existing Conditions information
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Thank you for spending your time with us, it is much
appreciated!
Continue to stay informed by signing up for e-mail
alerts at:
www.spokanevalley.org/cp
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