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Welcome to the City of Airway Heights

Planning Department Webpage 

The primary function of the Airway Heights Planning Department is to review land-use activities in the City including:

  • Land Segregation and Aggregation
  • Residential, Commercial and Instrial Site Development
  • Signs and Landscaping
  • Home Occupation, Temporary and Special Event Permits
  • Rezones and Conditional Use Permits
  • Annexations and Comprehensive Map and Text Changes

The Planning Department strives to provide excellent customer service to residents, landowners, and business owners in Airway Heights.  

The Airway Heights Municipal Code (AHMC) Titles that are the primary responsibility of the Planning Department are Title 14, Development Code, Title 16, Subdivisions, and Title 17, Zoning. Any questions regarding these sections of the AHMC should be directed to the Planning Department at the contacts below.

Useful Planning Department Links 

Frequency Asked Questions
Planning Regulations, Applications, and Documents
Maps
Development Activity Locator Map
Annexation
Planning Commission

Planning Department Contacts  

To contact Planning:  planninginfo@cawh.org o

Phone (509) 24402552

Fax (509) 244-4317

Mailing Address: 1208 S Lundstrom St, Airway Heights, WA 99001


New - Notice of Virtual Public Hearing: Conditional Use Permit

File No LUA2020-0006- A conditional use permit to request additional uses, including a daycare, preschool, as well as, a multi-use event space at the future location of The Heights Church, 12703 W 14th Ave, Airway Heights, WA.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN; the City of Airway Heights is hereby holding a public hearing before the Hearing Examiner on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Due to the restrictions on public gatherings arising from COVID-19, this hearing will be conducted remotely using web and telephone conference tools, as described below. However, if the Governor’s restrictions for group gatherings are lifted prior to the scheduled hearing date, the hearing will be held in person at the designated time at the City of Airway Heights Municipal Court Building, 13120 W 12th Ave, 2nd Floor, Airway Heights, WA. Any changes to the procedures that will be followed for this hearing will be posted on the city’s website: http://www.cawh.org/departments/planning-department.

Written Comments Due Date:   Thursday May 21th by 4:30 pm

PUBLIC HEARING VIA WEBEX CONFERENCING

June 3, 2020 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Join WebEx Meeting:

Join by computer, smartphone, or tablet:

https://spokanecity.webex.com/spokanecity/j.php?MTID=m79333c19ee7be126349402508e6dfbc9 

Meeting number (access code): 962 093 244

Meeting password: CMzMTGrb343 

Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll 

WebEx Details: We encourage all interested persons and the public to utilize the WebEx meeting feature. Please download the application in advance of the hearing. The optimal equipment for audio/video participation is a computer, smart phone, or tablet equipped with a camera and a headset with microphone similar to what you use with your phones for hands-free use. The WebEx application is free to download and use to observe or participate in the hearing. If this technology is unavailable to you, you can participate by phone using the toll number, which costs approximately $0.12 per minute. Your experience by phone will be similar to a teleconference.

 

City Council Hearing Date -

The City is Now Updating Its Comprehensive Plan!

The City of Airway Heights is updating its comprehensive plan, aligning long-range policy for land use, transportation, economic development, parks and recreation, housing, and its water and sewer systems. Interested in reading the draft?  Click here.

Comments continue to be taken as a part of the City Council public hearing to be held on June 15, 2020.  The public hearing will be conducted through a video and telephone conferencing system called Zoom and will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Due to COVID 19 Public Meetings and Hearings are being conducted via electronic methods in order to adhere to the Governor’s March 26th order limiting public gatherings. To participate in the meeting on June 15, 2020, you may join via Zoom. The link will be posted at 3:00 p.m. on June 15th on the City of Airway Heights webpage under City Council. Please note that the microphones will be muted until public comment on the agenda. If the Governor's orders are modified to allow for public gatherings, the public hearing will be held at the City of Airway Heights Community Center, Upper Level,13120 W 12th Ave. 

Public Comment:  Those interested in submitting written comments may email them to: planninginfo@cawh.org or mail them to 1208 S Lundstrom St., Airway Heights, WA 99001 and must be received by 5:00 p.m., June 15th or verbal comments may be submtited at the hearing. 

Questions: If you have questions please call 509-244-2552 or email planninginfo@cawh.org.

Proposed Map Amendment in the APZII and Sound Contour Areas

Public notices were mailed to property owners and distributed to residents in the areas located in the APZ II and Sound Contour Areas. The notices provide information on the proposed change of the land use designation from Low Density Residential to Industrial in the draft Comprehensive Plan for this area.  To see this area, click here for the map.

What: A proposed Comprehensive Plan update that will adjust the land use designation of parcels located within the Accident Potential Zone II and Sound Contour Areas 65-69 and 70-75 from their current designation of residential to industrial.

Where: (See map) Properties that are currently identified as residential which are located either fully or partially within the Accident Potential Zone II or Sound Contour Areas 65-69 and 70-75.

Why: The purpose of the proposed change from residential to industrial is to allow for land uses more compatible with the Accident Potential Zone II and Sound Contour requirements under Airway Heights Municipal Code 17.16, the 2009 Joint Land Use Study, and to increase the Fairchild Airforce Base mission’s compatibility with the surrounding land uses. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Will this change affect my ability to live within this area?

    No, under the Airway Heights Municipal Code (17.03.170) all current residential uses will continue to be allowed as non-conforming uses. 

  2. Will this land use change affect how I can use my property?

    Yes, changing the land use designation within these areas will allow for expanded uses as defined within the Airway Heights Municipal Code (17.12.020) to include commercial and industrial uses.  

  3. How may I make comment on this proposed land use change?

    To make comments on the proposed land use change you may send in written comments to: City of Airway Heights, Att: Planning Department, 1208 S Lundstrom, Airway Heights, WA 99001 or email your comments to Planninginfo@cawh.org. Written comments must be received by 5:00pm on May 12, 2020 to be included within the proposal.

    You also may attend the City Council Meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm to follow the status of the proposal. Due to the limitations on public gatherings via Governor Inslee’s Orders, this meeting will take place digitally and by telephone through Zoom, an online web meeting platform. Please return to this page for updated information and instructions on how to connect with the digital and telephone meeting. Updated information regarding the digital City Council Meeting will be available by June 15, 2020, by 3:00 p.m. on the City's main webpage.   

  4. I have a parcel located within the Accident Potential Zone II and may be interested in selling. Who may I contact?

    Spokane County has a stated interest in acquiring mobile home park parcels located within the Accident Potential Zone II. For more information, please contact Deborah Firkins at County Commissioner Al French’s office at DFirkins@spokanecounty.org or 509-477-7417. 

  5. Are there any additional housing resources available?

    Yes, an additional step being taken to support residents in this area is funding by the Washington State Legislature to build additional rental and home ownership opportunities for low income households. For more information on these housing opportunities, please contact Habitat for Humanity at 509-534-2552 and Community Frameworks at 509-484-6733.

  6. What happens next?

After the Planning Commission review of the draft Comprehensive Plan, they will submit their recommendations to the City Council.  The City Council will hold public hearings, this will be another opportunity for you to comment, either in writing or by verbal testimony. Depending upon the recommendations of the Planning Commission, the hearing before City Council may take place in or around late May. Please check back with this page and the City’s main page for updates on hearing date scheduling.

 

 

 

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