Latah Substation Relocation Conditional Use Permit

Application/Permit Number: Z20-035CUP3


3400 S Inland Empire Way, Parcel # 25361.0015


Avista, Todd McLaughlin

Property Owner



The applicant is proposing to relocate an existing substation on the same parcel, south of the existing station. This will require realigning transmission, distribution, and communication lines. All work is staying outside the Shoreline Jurisdiction. Avista plans to remove only the trees that are necessary for the substation relocation and to comply with overhead electrical vegetation clearance requirements. Plantings for screening purposes will be established around the new fence to be installed around the substation.

Notice of Application & Public Hearing

Public Hearing Rescheduled to Virtual Hearing

Notice is hereby given that Avista has applied for a Type III Conditional Use Permit on January 31, 2020. This application was determined to be technically complete on February 13, 2020. The City of Spokane is hereby holding a virtual public hearing before the Hearing Examiner, which was previously scheduled for March 26th, 2020 and moved to June 4th, 2020 at 9:00AM. The City deferred the in-person public hearing in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect those most vulnerable. Due to the restrictions on public gatherings arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, 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 in the Council Chambers, Lower Level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA. Any changes to the procedures that will be followed for this hearing will be posted on the city’s website: Any person may submit written comments on the proposal and/or participate in the public hearing.

Event Date/Time
Continued Notice of Application: May 15, 2020
Continued Public Comment Period: May 15 – May 29, 2020
Written Comments Due Date: May 29, 2020 by 5:00 pm

June 4, 2020 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Overview: The City requests that all non-essential visits to City Hall be observed. The City of Spokane along with the Hearing Examiner’s office is doing its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and is hosting a virtual Public Hearing in response. In order to maintain compliance with WAC 365-196-845, the City is continuing to hold a virtual hearing to comply with due process on pending applications. Spokane City Council recently passed Ordinance C35905 which authorizes temporary procedural interpretations and also authorizes hearings that can be conducted consistent with the Governor’s proclamations and within the spirit and intent of hearing requirements.

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, service charges may apply. Your experience by phone will be similar to a teleconference. The Public Hearing will open with the collection of participant information and an overview of how the hearing will progress, prior to the official opening of the hearing. The public is encouraged to submit written comments prior to the hearing by sending to the City Planner, Ali Brast; comments via email will need to be submitted by no later than 5:00 PM on May 29, 2020 in order for them to be received and prepared for submission into the record; comments received will be entered into the record at the time of the public participation portion of the Public Hearing. Comments received through US Mail will be included if they are received prior to the hearing.

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Written comments should be sent via mail or email:

Planning and Development Services
Ali Brast
Assistant Planner
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201-3329