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NEWS Thursday, May 14, 2015 Commission camp plan public process By JOHN McCALLUM and action by the City Council in institutional usage. Of the total acre- Editor July or August 2017. age, 241.51 acres is used for natural At it's regular meeting Monday Commissioners had some dis- resources purposes and 385.44 acres night, May 11, the Cheney Plan- cussion, and finally agreement, have no activity at all. ning Commission approved a draft about rotating members on and"There is a big portion of of the city's public participation off the focus group. The rotation land that could be developed in plan for the upcoming, 18-month- would keep people fresh in the Cheney," Mangis told the com- long comprehensive plan update process and allow members to mission. process possibly engage in areas of interest Public Works Director Todd According to the plan, public brought before the focus group. Ableman said the information participation will be encouraged As part of the comprehensive sums up a lot about what most through a dedicated page on the plan discussion, the commission people know about Cheney, that city's website, ongoing notifica- received a land use analysis of there's a lot of land taken up by tions to interested parties, public the city by Planning Department residential and institutional-EWU commission work sessions and one planning/GIS intern Brian Mangis. and the school district - uses. or more public hearings before the Mangis assembled information not The presentation also showed commission. A 9 - 11 member fo- only on current land uses in the that virtually all Of Cheney's com- cus group will also be created con- city, but historical information on mercial land activities take place sisting of one member each from how the city grew, with informa- in the downtown core - where it Eastern Washington University, tion dating back to the 1860s. is mixed with residential - and to Cheney School District, residential, Mangis broke down the in- the north along First Street/State commercial and multifamily de- formation into the various land Route 904. Some of this, particu- velopers, 2-3 at-large community use zones in the city, including larly downtown, is an indication of members and 2-3 planning corn- residential, commercial, industrial how the city developed over time, missioners, and institutional. Of particular in- while commercial development to The focus group will meet once terest was a slide that showed the the north is a result of activity. a month for approximately a year, total overall percentages of nine "That area has the most daily beginning March 2016. A proposed use areas, vehicle trips," planner Brett Lucas timeline shows the process begin- Of the almost 2,067 acres making said. ning in January 2016, and conclud- up the city, 1,263.73 acres - over 61 John McCallum can be reached at ing with adoption consideration percent- is zoned for residential or Photo by AI Stover Oxigen, attack! Staff Sat. Melissa Schmalhorst, 92nd Security Forces Squadron (right), tries to fend off Oxigen (left). Schmalhorst acted as a target during a mili- 'tary working dog demonstration May 11 at Fairchild Air Force Base. The demonstration was one of several activities for Police Week. INSURANCE INSURANCE 1122 Ga~;! J I~,~,,~.~-. I I~~~STI HOME I Bennett I I B S,NESS I lnsurancel I FARM I! 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