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Professor Joins Practitioners to Discuss Planning Basics

Release Date: 8/18/2004 12:00:00 AM

Contact: Marlene Feist, 625-6740

Calling all citizens, developers, designers, appointed and elected officials, and others interested in Spokane’s future: The next session in the City of Spokane’s “Spokane Building Blocks” education series will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

This month’s session will concentrate on the issues related to planning basics. A panel of local experts has been convened for the program, which will focus on the historic background of planning, basic land use concepts, and planning specifics for the City of Spokane. The experts include:

  • Dr. Fred A. Hurand, FAICP (Fellow American Institute of Certified Planners): Dr. Hurand is the department chair of the Urban and Regional Planning Program and the undergraduate program advisor for Eastern Washington University. His education includes: a bachelor’s in architecture from Ohio State University; a master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington; and a doctorate in man-environment relations from Pennsylvania State University. His professional work includes urban design, land use planning, urban morphology, environment-behavior studies, and disaster mitigation planning. He is most interested in how appropriate citizen participation can enhance planning and make it more relevant to the user. He is the co-author of eight disaster mitigation plans, has chapters in three books and has produced over 50 planning documents many of which have led to subsequent local funding of projects and plans. Dr. Hurand is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a former recipient of the Eastern Washington University's Trustee's Medal.
  • Scott Kuhta, AICP: Scott Kuhta is a senior planner for the City of Spokane Valley. His education includes undergraduate work in business from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Eastern Washington University. Previously, he worked for Kootenai County and Spokane County. He is now a long range planner for the City of Spokane Valley and has been heavily involved in the public participation process for the development of the city’s first Comprehensive Plan.
  • David Compton, Planner, City of Spokane: David Compton is a city planner for the City of Spokane. He spent 20 years in the Air Force before going back to school and getting a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. The decision to become a city planner came with an ambition early in life to make positive change happen for a community. He’s seeing results, and the city is benefiting from his lessons learned as a current planner.

The City’s “Spokane Building Blocks” education series began in February: Previous topics have included:

  • February: “Planning Short Course,” an overview of basic city planning and growth concepts
  • March: Land use and transportation issues
  • April: Environmental issues in Spokane
  • May: Urban Design
  • June: Connection to Public Safety
  • July: Downtown Housing

The series is co-sponsored by Mayor James E. West and the Spokane City Council and produced by the City’s Planning Services Department.

The education sessions are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Citizens, property owners, developers, and others interested in the development of Spokane are encouraged to attend. There is an opportunity for attendees to ask questions at the conclusion of the program.

The sessions are taped and replayed on CityCable 5, the City of Spokane’s government-access cable station that’s found on channel 5 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane. The sessions are replayed at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. An additional replay time on Thursdays at 2 p.m. also is scheduled, except on the second Thursday of the month when the Park Board meets.

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