Land Use & Growth along U.S. 195
The communities and neighborhoods along U.S. 195 are a unique feature of our County, marked by agricultural lands, wildlife corridors, and natural beauty. However, as Spokane continues to grow, Latah Valley and the surrounding areas face development at an unrelenting pace. The existing infrastructure is not adequate or safe for the residents already there, much less the projected population increase. There have been several collisions along 195 in the past 5 years, there is no permanent fire station in an area with a heightened risk of wildfire, and families worry that without proper planning the continued growth will encroach on wildlife corridors, damage wetlands and stress the Spokane Aquifer, Latah Creek and the Spokane River.
While growth is exciting for our region, we must plan for it with an unwavering commitment to public safety and the preservation of valuable natural resources. This is possible by working collaboratively with property owners, planners, builders, and neighborhoods. Watch the video below to learn more about why Maggie supports calls for a temporary development moratorium until adequate, comprehensive planning can occur.