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, alongside City of Spokane Planning staff conducted a two year process amid the COVID-19 Pandemic to update and refine the Downtown Plan. The final updated plan has a ten-year horizon, and the beginning of the timeframe will focus on economic recovery from the aftermath of the pandemic. The intent of the plan is to set a framework for decision making with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion so that as Spokane regather its strength, downtown will come back stronger, more resilient and welcoming for all.