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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Planning Commission approves of Sunset expansion planning


April 19, 2018

The Airway Heights Planning Commission had a straight-forward meeting on April 11 that included two public hearings.

The first one was on the Garfield street project. The city performed a SEPA review for the second phase of the project that includes reconstructing Russel Road to Sprague Avenue. There were no citizen comments.

The second hearing concerned the Sunset Elementary School expansion that also included a SEPA review. The added construction includes 10 classrooms, a new gymnasium, improved security entrance and additional parking to the existing school.

During the hearing, a citizen submitted comments on the Sunset expansion in regards to parking. He said that he supports the expansion, but wants the parking to be done on school property. He added that he wants people to pay attention to where they are parking because access to his house has been blocked in the past.

“Everyone is happy that it is happening,” Derrick Braaten, city development services director, said. “We are the one that received the most money other than the high school.”

Cheney Superintendent Rob Roettger was also in attendance to answer any questions that the commission had. He said that the goal is to have consistent numbers of kids in the elementary schools.

Both of the SEPA determinations for the projects were approved by the board.

After the hearings, the board had a workshop for the proposed Highland Village neighborhood plat. The commission was in the process of approving the preliminary plat, with all the conditions set and good for 10 years. The plat was also waiting on approval for a change in the road width from the City Council, which was later approved on April 16.

“We will see how all this plans out,” Braaten said.

Lastly, the board talked about the proposed code changes to make Airway Heights in compliance with the JLUS (joint land use study) standards with Fairchild AFB. Braaten explained that they cannot have multi-family zoning on Craig Road in order to be within code. The city has to adopt a new standard and have a compliance meeting, which is set for July.

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