Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, August 25, 2006

Mark Your Calendar

There will be a public hearing on the proposed changes to the Whitman County rural housing ordinance next Tuesday, August 29, at 6:00 PM in the Public Service Building auditorium in Colfax.

After the hearing, the commissioners will conduct a series of public workshop sessions and then conduct yet another public hearing before voting on the changes. They hope to wrap up the issue before the end of the year.


  • A business recruitment expert recently cited high housing costs as a major obstacle to attracting manufacturing businesses to the Palouse.

  • The Pullman micropolitan area, which includes Whitman County, was recently rated by a Bizjournals.com study #560 out of 577 U.S. micropolitan areas in terms of affordable housing.

  • A new study conducted for the Moscow Chamber of Commerce concluded that because of the underdeveloped housing sector in Pullman, Moscow may be benefitting as much from the growth of Schweitzer Engineering Labs as Pullman.
  • A 2006 WSU Center for Real Estate Research study ranked Whitman County's first-time home buyer affordability index at 51.1. That's FIFTH WORSE out of Washington's 39 counties.

  • All of these problems can be directly attributed to the current zoning ordinance that was put in place in the mid-70s to limit growth in Whitman County. It has worked all too well. That is why Ed Schweitzer has vehemently opposed the ordinance and the proposed changes that add "viewshed," paint, lighting, landscaping, etc. requirements.

    If Whitman County and Pullman are to survive as viable and vibrant places to live, this ordinance must go away, and not be replaced by any other onerous regulations.


    April E. Coggins said...

    This is going to be a difficult decision about which meeting to attend. The Pullman City Council will be meeting about the bond on the same night, at the same time, as the Whitman County housing ordinance hearing. Thoughts about importance from anyone?

    Ray Lindquist said...

    The county hearing will have a lot longer impact on the arae as a whole. I would hope that the city Council would set it aside since a lot of people want to have input into both. I have heard those ads for asking the CC to start the ball rolling on this and the way they should is to ask for a corparation to step up and build the band shell. Put thier name on for the life of it. Keep city $$ for projects for the "whole" city.

    Ray Lindquist said...

    I am going to the County hearing, hope to see you all there. Maybe we can stop at Dennys for some coffe afterwards.