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Cda denies single-family only in Ft. Grounds

COEUR d'ALENE - In a confusing twist, the Fort Grounds Homeowners Association lost its bid to secure a special-use overlay zone to make multi-family housing more difficult to build in the historic neighborhood.

Instead they realized halfway through the meeting that the request would have eliminated muti-family housing altogether.

Ann Melbourn, Fort Grounds Homeowners Association, was the applicant for the request. She explained to the city Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday evening that her neighborhood was overwhelmingly in support of making it more difficult for property owners to re-develop their historic homes into duplexes or condos.

She said the association started working with the city of Coeur d'Alene earlier this year to protect the historic neighborhood from becoming overrun by high-end condominium projects without having to change the zoning."Homeowners are concerned about the changes in the neighborhood," she said. "Many owners are concerned about the proliferation of multi-family dwellings on neighboring lots." Full story. Jeff Selle, Cda Press


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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.