The State’s Model Toxics Control Act, in combination with Federal laws regulating toxic chemicals, sets standards and procedures for clean-ups of spills and other releases of chemicals. Unfortunately, the City has some experience with clean-ups at private and at City facilities. The Washington State Department of Ecology tracks cleanup sites across the state. There are also regional cleanup activities such as in the Silver Valley. For more information on cleanup activities within the City of Spokane contact Environmental Programs.
The City is interested in facilitating citizens’ ability to grow food to help make themselves and by extension the City more sustainable. The Water Department in particular has made property available for community gardening. This effort not only reduces the City’s need for lawn maintenance but also can help meet citizens’ need for affordable, healthy, fresh vegetables and fruit. A side benefit is the significantly reduced transportation needed to get these foodstuffs into homes.
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Earth Turners in Peacful Valley
The State’s Growth Management Act assists communities like Spokane to achieve the benefits of denser development, (i.e. municipal services can be less costly per person) while reducing the impacts to rural properties. A challenge the City and its citizens face is how best to fashion our denser built and more impacted unbuilt environment to most effectively meet the needs of its citizens. The City’s mechanism to address this challenge is through the Comprehensive Plan planning process.
Wetlands in the City have been identified and are protected under the Critical Areas zoning. The Planning Department identifies and enforces the ordinance protecting wetlands in the City.
Regulation here protects steep slopes and highly erodible soils from development that is not protective.