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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

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

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

A New and Improved Approach to County Shoreline Protection

Suppose the new development codes for Kootenai County could provide more development potential, more flexibility for builders and homeowners, and much better protection of our lakes and streams. Who wouldn't want that? Indeed, as early drafts of the new codes are being released, this win-win-win scenario could soon be playing out along county shorelines. One [...]

By | 2012-03-28T14:22:20+00:00 March 28th, 2012|Land Use|2 Comments

Property Rights Council Votes Against Drinking Water Protection

As Bonner County Property Rights Council member Tom Cleveland explained, the whole idea behind drinking water protection in Bonner County was "with the blessing of the EPA" which he called a "Gestapo agency" and "out of control." He followed with an ominous non-sequitur, warning that "people should start thinking about where their food is coming [...]

By | 2012-03-13T21:19:34+00:00 March 13th, 2012|Land Use, Water|19 Comments

Bonner County PRC Officially Opposes Everything – Including Clean Drinking Water

The bizarre Bonner County Property Rights Council (PRC) has issued its first draft “decision” in which they conclude that a simple common sense watershed protection ordinance is “unreasonable, unnecessary, and arbitrary.” How do they come to this conclusion? They simply presume ALL proposed ordinances are “unreasonable, unnecessary, and arbitrary.” Furthermore, as made clear from the [...]

By | 2012-03-07T15:24:35+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Water|0 Comments

Idaho Rural Water Association Explains Drinking Water Protection to Bonner County PRC

As the Bonner County Property Rights Council (PRC) continues its crusade against common sense, the Idaho Rural Water Association has weighed in with a thorough and devastating letter explaining to the PRC why clean drinking water is something actually worth protecting. The IRWA represents small water and wastewater systems in Idaho typically serving populations of [...]

By | 2012-02-09T11:53:59+00:00 February 6th, 2012|Water|0 Comments

Property Rights Council Takes Aim at Drinking Water Protection

In its first substantive effort since being formed, the Bonner County Property Rights Council (PRC) is taking aim at a proposed watershed protection ordinance.  In documents obtained by KEA, it appears that the Council is taking a comically theoretical approach in their continuing attack on common sense. The watershed ordinance (a pdf of the original [...]

By | 2012-01-18T21:46:36+00:00 January 14th, 2012|Water|3 Comments