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Riverside corridor planning underway in Coeur d'Alene
Riverside corridor planning underway in Coeur d'Alene

Planning has officially started on a project that will guide the gradual transformation of a six-mile stretch of land along the Spokane River from Independence Point in downtown Coeur d'Alene west to Huetter Road.

During a kickoff meeting on Monday, a diverse group of land planners, engineers, architects and city officials met to discuss a wide range of possibilities for the corridor.

A master plan being developed by Welch Comer Engineers of Coeur d'Alene could involve recreational, commercial and private development uses, as well as numerous opportunities to secure public access to the Spokane River, including the development of trails and parks along the water and expansion of Riverstone Park.

The land is divided into two sections: The east end known as Four Corners runs from Independence Point to the Riverstone Development. The two-mile stretch involves about 40 acres, 29 of which are owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The city is working with the BLM of development of the master plan. If BLM accepts the plan, it could lead the property to the city at little or no cost.

The second section starts at Riverstone and goes west to Huetter. The city is in the process of purchasing 20 acrew of right-of-way along the Spokane River for $2.5 million. The four-mile stretch is currently owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

The master planning process will include numerous opportunities for public involvement and input, through “small group” meetings, public workshops and informational forums.

Adoption of the master plan is anticipated in February 2015.

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