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How the U.N.’s Agenda 21 Affects Kootenai County, Idaho

Spoiler alert: it doesn't. But thanks to the efforts of the Larry Spencer wing of the local Republican Party, a long-overdue overhaul of local land use codes is in jeopardy because of irrational fear of an obscure and utterly irrelevant international document. First, some background. For the 85% of Americans who will have no idea [...]

By | 2012-07-09T08:17:10+00:00 July 7th, 2012|Land Use|10 Comments

The Unprincipled Opposition to Kootenai County’s ULUC

Wow. I leave town and two weeks later, crazy takes over. From relentlessly sunny Southern California, I noted the recent and growing uproar over Kootenai County's land use code re-write. And from here, where the sprawl goes on and on and on for miles, the growing opposition to Kootenai County's Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) [...]

By | 2012-07-02T13:04:23+00:00 July 2nd, 2012|Land Use|18 Comments

County Land Use Codes To Be Subject of KEA Meeting

Kootenai County is still on schedule to replace its hopelessly out-dated land use codes by this time next year. Kendig Keast Collaborative, the consultant hired by the County to assemble the re-write, has been moving forward, on schedule, with preliminary issue papers and draft “modules” of code language. The issue papers and draft code already [...]

By | 2012-02-01T12:20:20+00:00 February 1st, 2012|Land Use|0 Comments

County Commissioners Moving Swiftly on Zoning and Development Code Overhaul

Understanding that the job is difficult, but also extremely important, the Kootenai County Commissioners are wasting no time getting on with the business of re-writing zoning and development regulations. On Friday and Saturday, we were pleased to be invited to participate in an interview process for the consultant team to be hired to rewrite the [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:48:56+00:00 March 26th, 2011|blog, Land Use|2 Comments

Signed and Delivered, The Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan Is Now In Effect

It's done! Although I'm semi snowed-in today, I got word from the Kootenai County Commissioners that the long-awaited Comprehensive Plan is complete. Signed into official status as of this morning. According to the press release sent by the County, the process that formally began more than four years ago, was completed with three Commissioner signatures [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:46:31+00:00 December 30th, 2010|blog, Land Use|3 Comments

Comp Plan Moving Toward Final Passage

At a deliberation this morning, postponed from several weeks ago, the Kootenai County Commissioners signaled that they are nearing completion of the long-awaited comprehensive plan. After some unpublicized “workshops” with officials from cities on the prairie, which had criticized the plan at the most recent hearing, the Commissioners agreed to several tweaks to the most [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:46:31+00:00 December 9th, 2010|blog, Land Use|0 Comments

Last Comp Plan Hearing Ever?

Kootenai Environmental Alliance provided comments, again --and hopefully for the last time -- on the long-awaited draft comprehensive plan revision for Kootenai County.  In the works for four or five years at this point, the draft could gain final approval by the County Commissioners next month. The hearing was nowhere near as lengthy, [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:18+00:00 October 27th, 2010|blog, Land Use|1 Comment

Comp Plan Redux

The fourth (count 'em!) draft of a new Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan is set for yet another hearing Tuesday at 5pm. However, with the same three commissioners who took a year to edit draft number three, now considering their own draft number four, we don’t expect them to make major changes, or take the time [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:18+00:00 October 22nd, 2010|blog, Land Use|1 Comment