Spokane, Washington

According to The Spokesman Review, Spokane area developers are proposing to dump 330,000 cubic yards of dirt atop what used to be the Painted Hills Golf Course in Spokane Valley to help bring the site above the floodplain. Assuming that happens, plans could move forward on the Painted Hills residential project which has been on the boards since 2015. The project would include 300 single-family homes and 280 multifamily units on more than 99 acres.

Plans also call for neighborhood commercial space and 30 acres of open space with trails, a park and wildlife travel corridor. The site, which lies within a floodplain and over the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, was purchased by Dave Black of Black Realty Inc. for $1.1 million in 2013, after the former Painted Hills Golf Course ceased operations.

Black and Bryan Walker, broker with NAI Black, each own 50 percent of the property – which is one of the largest tracts of suitable residential building land in Spokane Valley.

Project Engineer Todd Whipple of Whipple Consulting Engineers filed a Federal Emergency Management Agency map change in August that includes plans to raise ground elevation of the site to remove it from the floodplain as well as control floodwater through culverts, dry wells and ponds. The 330,000 cubic yards of dirt is the equivalent of about 21,400 commercial dump-truck loads.

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