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Spokane City Council Majority Call Mayoral Veto Costly for the Citizens of Spokane

Spokane City Council Majority Call Mayoral Veto Costly for the Citizens of Spokane

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Press Release: Spokane City Council Majority Call Mayoral Veto Costly for the Citizens of Spokane
Press Release: Spokane City Council Majority Call Mayoral Veto Costly for the Citizens of Spokane

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March, 31, 2014 Contact: Jon Snyder 509-625-6254
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Spokane City Council Majority Call Mayoral Veto Costly for the Citizens of Spokane
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 Press Conference at 1pm, March 31 in the Chase Gallery
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmembers Jon Snyder, Amber Waldref, and Candace Mumm stood with neighborhood leaders and local non-profit organizations today in support of sensible planning and public utility policy for the City of Spokane. The Council passed an Ordinance Relating to Sewer and Water Service outside the City Limits on a vote of 4-2 on March 17, 2014. The ordinance closed a loophole that allowed county developers to demand City utility service as urban development even though the Growth Management Hearings Board have found these projects to be located in illegal expansions of the Urban Growth Area (UGA). The County Commissioners have created these expansions of the UGA, often against the advice of the City and County Planning Commissions, the Mayor, Spokane City Councilmembers, and local non-profit organizations such as the Lands Council, the Center for Justice, Futurewise, and the Spokane Riverkeeper. The County Commissioners
overruled their own planning commission with last year‟s massive 4000 acre expansion of the
UGA. Planning staff analysis contained in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement documented a cost of $64 million dollars in additional capital costs attributable to this expansion of the UGA. All this was done, Councilmembers assert, with the unfortunate outcome of prioritizing these new development projects over infrastructure needs for current water and sewer customers.
“The City of Spokane has been attempting to do joint planning with the County for years,” says Council President Ben Stuckart, “Poorly planned expansion of the UGA costs the residents of the
City and the County untold millions of dollars in service extension and maintenance liability. At
some point we need to say „
enough is enough
.‟”
 
 
City of Spokane
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Media Release
 
 www.spokanecity.org

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