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Support the Unified Land Use Code

From the KEA Board of Directors: If you value the life you enjoy in the county, we urge you to support the adoption of the county’s Unified Land Use Code.  The code will implement the newly adopted comprehensive plan and replace current codes that are decades old. Right now the new code is being assaulted [...]

By | 2012-07-19T15:40:49+00:00 July 19th, 2012|Land Use|0 Comments

Not All Republicans Agree with Central Committee Critics of ULUC

Although it seems to have fallen on deaf ears, here's a great letter from conservative east side Republican Chris Fillios to the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee regarding the Unified Land Use Code controversy. It's not just KEA with concerns about the "property rights" concerns: I understand tonight's Republican Central Committee meeting is for the [...]

By | 2012-07-11T14:43:23+00:00 July 11th, 2012|Land Use|0 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

Kootenai County Shoreline Protection Still TBD

Yesterday, the CDA Press reported that the Kootenai County Commissioners were "scrapping a proposal to expand shoreline protection requirements" in the re-writing of the zoning and development codes.  And, in one sense, it is true that the Commissioners and the consultant and the Advisory Committee panel have gone back to the drawing board. But rather [...]

By | 2012-05-11T13:13:40+00:00 May 11th, 2012|Land Use, Water|0 Comments

New Neighborhood Conservation Zoning for Kootenai County

We caught this press release (pdf) over at Huckleberries Online, and it is an important development in Kootenai County's ULUC land use code project. One of the major difficulties in any zoning code overhaul is what to do with properties that already exist and would be allowed under an old code, but not allowed under [...]

By | 2012-05-04T14:21:46+00:00 May 4th, 2012|Land Use|1 Comment

Kootenai County Preparing To Surplus Chilco Falls Park?

We got word from some dedicated ice climbers that Kootenai County Parks and Waterways is considering the sale or disposal of Chilco Falls Park, one of the best ice-climbing spots in the entire inland northwest. Difficult to find, difficult to access, and with no park amenities whatsoever, the property is being considered for surplus, with the [...]

By | 2012-05-19T14:01:02+00:00 April 30th, 2012|Community, Land Use|1 Comment

What Are Property Rights?

We've been looking for a good primer on "property rights" to help people understand the debate when it comes to re-writing our land use codes in Kootenai County. And lo and behold, there's a superb piece on the website dedicated to the project. We re-publish it here in hopes that more people read it and [...]

By | 2012-04-28T11:17:24+00:00 April 28th, 2012|Land Use|0 Comments

Region Lacking Industrial Stormwater Permits

With the remarkable rains over the last weeks, our waterways are both swollen with water, but also choked with pollution. Streams are running the color of chocolate. Stormwater runoff is probably the most significant problem for our region’s water quality. Unfortunately, there is very little being done to stop the flow of pollutants. In fact, [...]

By | 2012-04-03T11:31:39+00:00 April 3rd, 2012|Water|0 Comments