Planning for the future of Downtown Spokane
The original Downtown Plan was adopted into the City of Spokane Comprehensive Plan in 1999. Crafted to fully integrate visions, urban planning, design guidelines and regulatory recommendation with a comprehensive public participation and outreach process.
The Downtown Plan has yielded many exciting changes for downtown Spokane. The 2008 plan update helped develop Kendall Yards into the energetic, diverse, and distinctive urban neighborhood we know today. This update also addressed the redevelopment of Riverfront Park and the expansion of the Spokane Arena.
The Downtown Spokane Partnership is working closely with City Planning in developing a scope of work for 2018 that will update the 2008 Downtown Spokane Plan. Both the City and the DSP are excited to see a revised plan that is the result of a substantial and wide-ranging community engagement effort. There will be numerous opportunities and avenues for participation from city of Spokane residents, businesses and property owners.
The 2018 Downtown Plan update, Downtown Central will focus on two major topics: integrating the Central City Line - a rapid transit route that will eventually connect Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community College - into downtown planning; and continued redevelopment of the North Bank along the Spokane River.
Minor topics to be addressed include but are not limited to: updated catalytic development opportunities; activated alleyways; district naming and identity; integration of the ongoing Downtown Parking Study; connections to adjacent areas; and vacant office space.