Spokane to Test Citywide Residential Density Incentives

The Spokane City Council in July will consider the "Building Opportunity and Choices for All" pilot program, which would allow new residential densities throughout the city.

June 27, 2022, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Spokane, Washington elected leaders have proposed the Building Opportunity and Choices for All pilot program, which would test strategies for building more varieties of housing development in residential cities around the city.

“This strategy was identified in the housing emergency declaration, as well as Council's action items included in the Housing Action Plan,” according to a press release published on the city of Spokane’s website.

The one-year pilot program includes:

  • Allowing duplexes and townhouses in all residential neighborhoods
  • Allowing triplexes and fourplexes in targeted areas near transit lines and busier commercial areas
  • This program will continue to require development to fit the context of neighborhoods by matching the scale of its surroundings
  • Includes basic design standards that will be familiar for developers who have done work in the city before

“The Building Opportunity and Choices for All pilot program will be briefed this Monday at the Public, Infrastructure and Environmental Sustainability Committee meeting with Council. First and final readings will follow in July.” The program is sponsored by councilmembers Michael Cathcart and Betsy Wilkerson and has the support of Mayor Nadine Woodward, according to the press release.

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