Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward and her staff unveiled a series of emergency changes and expanded zoning opportunities she will ask the city council to adopt immediately, in an effort to address Spokane’s Housing Crisis. Incoming Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) President Tom Hormel was among those invited see the presentation firsthand.
Among the changes being proposed within the city limits:
Task force members also asked the mayor to consider changing site coverage restrictions to match those already in place in surrounding areas, and to eliminate the need for frontage road requirements. City Planning Director Spencer Gardner agreed to work on adding these important elements.
“It is absolutely critical we address Spokane’s housing crisis,” said Mayor Woodward. “It won’t happen overnight, but we absolutely must get started.”
SAR’s Tom Hormel says he liked what he heard. “We need to do everything we can to add housing supply to Spokane, that has been woefully overlooked for too many years.”
New census data reveals Spokane is now home to 100,000 families. That puts the current housing units of 89,000 about 25% short of the national average.