The City of Spokane is committed to enhancing its neighborhoods and, to this end, has a long tradition of neighborhood-based planning. Neighborhood planning is an important tool promoting collaboration between the City and Neighborhoods to help guide the future of Spokane’s neighborhoods.
We encourage you to use this website to learn more about the history of neighborhood planning and background on the current process. In addition, you will find resources available for those neighborhoods currently involved in a planning process.
On December 19th, 2011 the City Council adopted Resolution 2011-0100 accepting the Community Assembly Neighborhood Planning Action Committee’s (CA-NPAC’s) recommendations for improvements to the neighborhood planning process.
Background Documents for Updates to the Neighborhood Planning Process:
- 2010 Draft Planning and Development Services White Paper
- Summary of Draft Planning and Development Services White Paper Recommendations
Why Neighborhood Planning?
In Spokane, neighborhood planning provides an opportunity for citizens to take a proactive role in the planning process. Neighborhood residents have used this opportunity to address local issues and concerns that affect them, their families, and their neighbors.
Neighborhood planning allows citizens a chance to shape the neighborhoods where they live, work, own property, or own or manage a business. The goal of neighborhood planning is for diverse interests to come together and develop a shared vision for their neighborhood and to:
- Represent the views of all the stakeholders that make up a neighborhood;
- Identify neighborhood strengths and assets;
- Identify neighborhood needs and concerns;
- Establish goals for improving the neighborhood; and
- Recommend specific recommendations to reach those goals.
Benefits of Neighborhood Planning
- Sense of Community
Neighborhood planning contributes to an increase in the sense of community that individual’s experience. People who know their neighbors share emotional connections and experience social bonding. In short, the more neighbors interact, the more likely they are to become close to each other. People with a stronger sense of community are more likely to vote, contact their public officials, and work on public problems affecting their locality and beyond.
- Sense of Identity
Neighborhood planning helps create a sense of identity through initiatives such as development of a common symbol system within a neighborhood. Neighborhood strategies also encourage the identification of unique neighborhood qualities.
- Sense of Security
Neighborhood planning increases not only the perception of safety but in fact can lead to enhanced security. If neighbors feel secure they often increase the quantity of contacts with their neighbors. For instance, neighborhood crime watch programs developed by residents, city officials, and police, often increase safety, interaction among residents, and instill a greater sense of community.
- Enhanced Link to the Comprehensive Plan
Neighborhood planning enhances the extent to which the City's Comprehensive Plan addresses specific issues related to neighborhoods. Neighborhood planning processes provide for increased public participation, neighborhood preservation and enhancement programs, and policies for neighborhood facilities and services.
- Additional Benefits
Neighborhood efforts tend to be more responsive to local problems, increase commitment to the neighborhood, increase citizen participation, build leadership at the local level, improve physical conditions and public services, increase local interaction and sense of community, foster social integration, increase trust in local government, and bring about a more equitable distribution of public goods.
|Neighborhood Planning Staff|
|Jo Anne Wright, Neighborhood Planning Manager - South Hill Coalition||(509) 625-6017|
|Tirrell Black - West Central, Emerson-Garfield||(509) 625-6185|
|Nikole Coleman-Porter - Logan||(509) 625-6883|
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