Category : Land Use

Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code Update

Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code Update

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 Commissioners for a Public Hearing on April 28th. The update to Kootenai County’s decades old Land Use ordinances has been a long time coming. The Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan was approved in 2010 and the arduous process of more »

Action Alert: Save Clagstone Meadows for Public Access and Wildlife

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 Meadows encompasses 13,000 acres of granite hills, forests, meadows and delicate wetlands near Kelso and Clagstone Lakes just north of the Bonner-Kootenai County line. A few short years ago the more »

IDEQ Urges Coeur d’Alene Basin Landowners to Test Soil

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 Property Remediation Program is downsized. Over 7,000 properties, once contaminated with lead or arsenic, have been remediated as part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup project in Idaho’s Shoshone and Kootenai counties. With fewer private properties left to be more »

Record-Breaking Number of Comments Pour in Against Proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal

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 will deliver a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) more »

Wilderness and Economics

Wilderness and Economics

“A national park will not save the area. Rather, the restrictions and red tape that come with federal control would inhibit growth. Survival requires economic development, but a national park will limit our options.” Kathy Gagnon editorial opposing a national park in Maine published in Bangor Daily News May 11, 2014[i] Wildland preservation is motivated by a variety of ethical, biological, cultural, and recreational concerns. more »

Stand Up to Tesoro Savage and More Oil Trains

Stand Up to Tesoro Savage and More Oil Trains

For years there has been a growing movement throughout the Pacific Northwest to oppose dirty, dangerous fossil fuel projects — from coal export to oil-by-rail terminals. Tesoro-Savage has proposed a huge new oil terminal in Vancouver, WA that would dramatically increase the number of oil trains passing through north Idaho and eastern Washington on its way west, increasing the threats to our communities and waterways. more »

John Muir's Last Stand

John Muir’s Last Stand

JOHN MUIR, a man whose love for nature seemed almost to transcend Earthly limits, was not immortal. More than one hundred years ago, on Christmas eve 1914, Muir’s spirit set off into the pathless wild. The great naturalist’s obituary in the New York Times was effusive, listing professional accomplishments after recounting his emigration from Scotland (“the youth who was destined to become one of the more »

Rural Residents Defend Rural Landscape and Property Rights

Last Thursday, May 21, hundreds of rural residents ffrom northern Kootenai County colored the auditorium  red at North Idaho College Schuler Performing Arts Center in opposition of a zone change that would effect the landscape of North Kootenai County. The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) hosted this second public hearing on this 34 acre zone change request near Athol. Earlier this year Developer Dennis Swartout more »

This Land is Our Land, This Land is Their Land: The Value of Maintaining Public Lands in Northern Idaho

As Congress has shown its intention to sell off public lands, there is a pressing need to recognize the value of public lands for We The People.  Whether you’re an avid hiker, seasoned sportsmen, or a once-a-summer weekend visitor, the common space of public lands provide recreation, fishing, and hunting opportunities to everyone without prejudice and at low to no-cost.  Protecting access to public lands more »

New Commissioners Don’t Want Balance in a New Land Use Code

“Start from scratch…write a new Comprehensive Plan and a new Land Use Code in the next year and a half.” That was the directive given to staff at a bizarre “Special Meeting” held by newly elected Kootenai County Commissioners Marc Eberlein and David Stewart. The meeting was held while Commissioner Dan Green was out of town, so it seemed that the rookie Commissioners decided to more »