Spokane City Council approves ordinance to add more multi-family housing

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council approved an ordinance that permits and encourages the construction of multi-family homes in more residential zoning districts.

The ordinance passed with a 7-0 vote.

“This is probably one of the most important votes I’ll ever take,” said Councilmember Michael Cathcart.

With this ordinance passing, it is now legal to build duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes in all residential zones. The ordinance will last for a one-year period, but anything that vests within that period could remain in place.

This allows for the removal of maximum attached unit limits in all zoning districts, and does not alter development for detached single-family houses.

“More and more people can not afford homes and are living on the street and people across our street are suffering, every single day,” said Brian Thomas, a Spokane citizen. “The first step to a way out is to build more housing and I think this ordinance is a great start.”

The ordinance also allows for more multi-family housing to be built in areas with vacant lots or dilapidated housing.

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