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:

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…)

Kootenai County Planning Commission

The Kootenai County Planning Commission has approved the “new” Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) and it will now go before the Board of County … (read more…)

We are on the brink of saving nearly 9,000 acres of wildlife habitat and opening it to public recreation. But we need you help to protect Clagstone Meadows and keep it from being developed!

Clagstone … (read more…)

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) is urging stragglers in the Coeur d’Alene Basin to have their properties tested for soil contamination before the Basin … (read more…)

Today marks the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign(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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