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Thu., June 22, 2006, 9:22 a.m.

Mailbag: Commish Preparing For Power Play?

Spencer: Kootenai county is holding a public hearing (tonight) at 6PM, and while the stated intent of the hearing looks routine, a thorough reading of the text shows that they are engaging in a massive power grab that will do more to restrict private property use than any single action taken up to this point in the counties history. The changes to the zoning ordinance is one that will ban storage on private property in the county. All storage. Like your boat. Or your RV. Or the pole building kit you bought when it was on sale at Ziggys last fall, (unless you have a current building permit for it. Building materials are only allowed if there is a current permit for the property.) But that is not the most alarming. They are inserting the word “ONLY” before the list of permitted uses in each zone. If it is not on the list of permitted uses and activities allowed it is forbidden. Target practicing and hunting is not on the list. Having a family reunion/ campout on the back forty is not on the permitted list of activities. It reminds me of “Animal Farm” as the “more equal” pigs slowly chipped away the rules that protected the other animals.

DFO: Dunno much about this, but thought it should be out front as part of Huckleberries commitment to warn people about important issues. Then, Larry argued his case so compellingly here that I couldn't resist putting it out front.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.