Downtown Spokane

Downtown Plan Update


The Fast Forward Spokane: Downtown Plan Update is crafted to fully integrate visions, urban planning, design guidelines and regulatory recommendation with a comprehensive public participation and outreach process.

The Downtown Plan Update was adopted into the City of Spokane Comprehensive Plan on December 22, 2008.  If you have questions regarding the Plan Update please contact the City of Spokane Planning Department at 509.625.6060 or the Downtown Spokane Partnership at 509.456.0580.


Click on the links to view individual chapters of the Downtown Plan Update:

 Click here for a link to the Downtown Plan Update in its entirety.


Please visit the Spokane Planning Department web site for the final Downtown Plan Update Design Guidelines and Development Codes


To view a video overview and next steps of the Downtown Plan click here.



Community Workshop

March 6, 2008 Community Workshop Documents:


In February 1999, the City of Spokane adopted the Plan for a New Downtown as part of its Comprehensive Plan. Since the creation of the Plan, over $3.7 billion have been invested in the Downtown Core. The Plan provides design guidelines, zoning regulations and targeted projects for City staff, developers, and business leaders alike to follow in order to ensure vibrant, safe and proactive measures.

Most major projects laid out in the original Plan have been completed and growth is occurring far beyond the imagination of the pioneers who helped shape Downtown’s regulations in 1999. Since then, new development issues and opportunities have arisen and now it is necessary to clarify certain zoning and code regulations. A targeted list of the next series of projects that will mold Downtown’s future must be established. A shift from exclusively economic development initiatives to more urban design and managing growth is necessary within the updating process.


Existing Conditions Report.


November 29, 2007- Community Workshop Documents:


1999 Downtown Spokane Plan - The Plan for a New Downtown:


The Downtown Plan Update is a joint public-private partnership between the City of Spokane and the Downtown Spokane Partnership, a not-for-profit coalition of business, government, and community leaders.

Key Partner:
City of Spokane
Major Contributors: Business Improvement District | Spokane Transit Authority | Avista | Cowles Publishing | Downtown Spokane Partnership | Public Facilities District | Sterling Savings Bank | Washington Trust Bank | CH2M Hill | Kendall Yards | Kiemle & Hagood | Sacred Heart Medical Center | Spokesman-Review | Washington State University | Wheatland Bank | Heylman-Martin Architects | Inland Northwest Bank | NAI Black | Wells & Company | ALSC Architects | DCI Engineers | Eastern Washington University 


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