Congratulations Latah Valley you did it! In an unannounced move the Spokane City Council put forward and adopted a development moratorium for Latah Valley at last evening's city council meeting. The moratorium is for 6 months and can be renewed for additional 6 month periods if needed.
The moratorium is what CALV has been calling for since day one. Without pausing development proposals coming into the pipeline we would have no chance to address the serious issues that face this area. The moratorium allows for time for the city, agencies, organizations, and the people of Latah Valley and elsewhere in the city to tackle the following: Review of comprehensive and holistic planning for the Latah Valley Securing and identifying funding sources for needed infrastructure - roads, schools, parks, fire protection, etc. Reviewing and changing the process for how development projects get approved in the first place
Let's celebrate what is really a huge win for Latah Valley, the city, and citizen activists. It was a long, hard slog to get here but we made it. Enjoy this moment for sure but just know there is more work to be done to make sure we maximize the time the moratorium is in play.
Stay tuned for more to come on making sure we protect the Latah Valley to its fullest.