In the past twenty years, Kootenai County experienced explosive growth. This trend is likely to continue as more people populate the West and settle in attractive places like North Idaho. The county has beautiful rivers, lakes, and mountains, access to a nearby urban area and an interstate highway, and large expanses of federal and state land. Our population, property taxes, and land prices are relatively low but increasing.

A resistance to planning, in the form of unfettered property rights, creates problems. It produces traffic congestion, air pollution, and a frenzied pace of life. It allows the creation of isolated subdivisions that lack a sense of community and are expensive to supply with public services. It promotes development that strips hillsides of trees and invades wetlands, further degrading already imperiled lakes. It threatens to pollute and overuse the Rathdrum Prairie aquifer. It creates a checkerboard land use pattern that breaks up rural landscapes, communities, and wildlife habitats.

Only through a collaborative effort will improved land use planning result. The private property rights of all parties will be upheld, communities will unify, and landscapes that give people’s lives meaning, support wildlife, and make Kootenai County an attractive place to live will be preserved.

Recent Topics in Land Use:

Tonight the Coeur d’Alene City Council is being asked to annex 172 acres of Blackwell Island, Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River and change the zoning to Commercial At 17 Units/Acre (C17). This request is made by the … (read more…)

 Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
    — Goethe

For the first time, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) has been introduced into the Senate by Senator Sheldon … (read more…)


On June 6th, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners adopted a “new” Land Use and Development Code. Previously, the County operated under a patchwork of separate ordinances pieced … (read more…)


Fernan Lake, located just north of Coeur d’Alene Lake, acre for acre is Idaho’s most popular place for recreational fishing. Unfortunately, water quality has deteriorated in recent years due to large amounts of phosphorus-laden sediments running into Fernan Lake from historical logging, shoreline … (read more…)

The Washington Department of Ecology released their draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River.  The report comes after the agency … (read more…)

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  1. "Clint" Michael Cord says:

    Dear KEA,

    I am in the process of organizing a grass roots effort to prevent a series of high density developments in the Silverwood region from disrupting our rural lifestyles but also out of GREAT concern for the impact on our abundant wildlife migration patterns.

    Even though IDFG will not take a position to outwardly oppose the current application for a zone change request to be decided by the BOCC on March 12th at 6 pm, Charles Corsi, regional supervisor for IDFG, outlines the severe impact that high density developments in this environmentally sensitive zone.

    We would greatly appreciate your organization’s support to help affirm to the County Commissioners to abide by the current KC Comprehensive Plan and deny applications for high density developments.

    Thanking you in advance,
    Clint Cord

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