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Kootenai County Citizens Let Down

Posted by Susan Drumheller at May 17, 2010 07:05 AM |
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The Kootenai County Commissioners undermine citizens' hard work on the land-use plan.

Kootenai County Citizens Let Down

Business as usual in Kootenai County

Can you say "sprawl?"

As if there isn't enough of this unsightly and wasteful use of land, the Kootenai County Commissioners just assured everyone that sprawl and leap-frog development will continue as usual.

Rest in peace, Rathdrum Prairie. So long, rural character.

After nearly a year of deliberations on the county's draft comprehensive land use plan—the blueprint for growth in the county—commissioners Rick Currie and Rich Piazza voted last week to throw out all density guidelines in the plan.

Essentially, this means the plan gives no guidance whatsoever for how many homes per acre (or minimum lot size) should be allowed in rural areas versus urban or suburban areas. This is where the rubber usually meets the road in a land-use plan.

And this is where Kootenai County's plan just became pretty much meaningless.

It's also a slap in the face to the planning commission, which labored at least two years on the plan's language, and the hundreds of citizens who asked the county to protect their quality of life by keeping density near cities and maintaining their rural and agricultural areas.


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