Washington State Parks has completed a land-use planning project for Mount Spokane State Park in Spokane County. The planning project resulted in a new master facilities plan for the park addressing overall visitor experiences, natural and cultural resources, use of the park's buildings, recreation trails, and other topics of interest to the community and park visitors.
Where We are Today
On June 14, 2010 Washington State Parks issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the Mount Spokane State Park Master Facilities Plan. The DEIS was circulated for a 30 day public comment period. Following review of comments, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was prepared and released on August 4, 2010. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted the Mount Spokane Master Facilities Plan at their August 12, 2010 regular meeting.
Stage 1 – Identify Issues & Concerns
The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.
Stage 2 – Exploring Alternative Approaches
At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established, rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.
Stage 3 – Preparing Preliminary Recommendations
The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the SEPA checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations, available for public review upon request.
Stage 4 – Preparing Final Recommendations
At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.