By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Land rezone needed for new Alki apartment complex


Last updated 8/16/2018 at 8:44am

Contributed graphics Brett Lucas/City of Cheney planning The top map shows the Emtman Alki property as it's currently zoned. The bottom map shows how it would be affected by the proposed zoning changes.

Cheney developer Steve Emtman is proposing a zoning change that would essential "swap" land designated multifamily on 12.1 acres of land along Alki Street to better accommodate construction of a 224-unit apartment complex.

The changes would redistribute land around a wetland on the site by changing the designation of Emtman's property along a strip of Alki from R-3/multifamily residential to R-3H/high density multifamily residential. An equal amount of land along the northern boundary of the wetland currently zoned R-3H would then become R-3.

"At the end of the day, there's no net increase...

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