Trends in the Region

Region's Municipal Planners

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Trends in the Region event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.

Join us on February 13 to hear from our region’s municipal planners on what trends they are seeing in the region, how to get your projects permitted more efficiently and what types of projects are currently being permitted.

  • Ali Brast, City of Spokane, Assistant Planner II
  • Jenny Nickerson, City of Spokane Valley, Public Works Building Official
  • Saegen Neiman, Spokane County, Associate Planner II

Our moderator, Jerremy Clark PE, PTOE from David Evans and Associates, will ask our panelists to address: 

  • Have there been increases on permits; and if so, what’s driving the increase?
  • Any updates to codes important for architects, engineers and contractors to be aware of?
  • What projects (specifics and/or types) are being permitted?
  • Permitting challenges and hurdles you see consistently? (Biggest mistakes A/E/C firms make when trying to get permits)
  • On permitting submittals, what improvements could A/E/C firms and owners make to help move their projects through the permitting process faster?
  • Q&A
Thank you to our Sponsor

More About our presenters
  • Ali Brast, City of Spokane, Assistant Planner II -- Ali has been an Assistant Planner with the City of Spokane for over 6 years. Her work includes managing complex permitting projects, processing land use applications, administering shoreline regulations, and coordinating across multiple disciplines.  She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University. Prior to her planning career, she worked for DCI Engineers in Spokane, Washington. She and her husband live on the South Hill where they enjoy renovating homes and hosting family and friends.
  • Jenny Nickerson, City of Spokane Valley, Public Works Building OfficialJenny  joined the City in 2013.  Her experience includes both governmental and private sector positions related to Building & Fire Codes, Planning & Zoning, and Economic Development throughout the Pacific Northwest.  She has served as vice president of the Idaho Association of Building Officials and maintains an active role in local, State, and national code organizations.  Jenny earned the highest level of International Code Council Certification; Master Code Professional, and was the first woman in the Western United States to achieve the certification.
  • Saegen Neiman, Spokane County, Associate Planner II – Saegen is a “jack-of-all-trades” planner for the Spokane County Building and Planning Department, where he reviews current planning projects and permitting, writes Spokane County Zoning Code revisions, as well as administers the Spokane County’s Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment requests. Saegen received his bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. Before his time at Spokane County, Saegen spent several years in Sandpoint, Idaho working for Bonner County, where he wore many different hats including: deputy director of the planning department, the floodplain development manager, and the emergency operations center planning manager. Saegen enjoys basketball, skiing, fishing, and backpacking. As well as rainy days curled up on the couch with his girlfriend, four cats, and dog.
  • Jerremy Clark, PE, PTOE, Associate/Smart Mobility Group Leader, David Evans and Associates, Inc.  Jerremy is the Smart Mobility Group Leader for DEA’s Inland Northwest Market. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and is a professional engineer and professional traffic operations engineer with 16 years of experience in transportation planning, design, and construction. He has provided traffic and safety analyses, travel demand modeling, and traffic operations modeling for eastern Washington and north Idaho regional transportation plans, corridor studies, and development impacts. Jerremy has worked on traffic designs and analyses for capital projects in the greater Spokane region and throughout the western US since 2007 with a passion for improving the communication between the roadway network and the user to improve traffic flow.  Most recently, his role has shed light on the wide world of development review and the array of requirements for permitting. 

RSVP per the OneAEC website by Friday, February 7 to guarantee your spot. Cancellations are refunded up until February 7, after that no refund will be issued. For more information, please contact Terri McRae at

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