2012-2014 Comprehensive Plan Review and Update
Updated May 9, 2013
The City of Spokane is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical, social, and economic development of the city. Spokane originally developed its Comprehensive Plan in 2001; with periodic review and updates of the plan mandated by the State of Washington (WAC 36.70A).
Three Parts of the Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan consists of three parts: goals and policies, maps and lists of capital projects.
- The goals and policies are broad statements of the community’s long term desires, values and preferred future directions related to the physical development of the city. Goals describe the ideal future that would result if the plan was fully realized, while policies are choices made to carry out the goals.
- The set of maps depicts the community’s desired future development pattern and how the city will accommodate growth. The maps show land use designations, which set where and at what intensity particular uses (residential, commercial, industrial and open space), are allowed. The maps also show things like the city limits, urban growth boundaries and street classifications.
- The list of capital projects describes significant public facilities needed to support future development depicted on the map and described in the goals and policies.