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Green Replies To Plan Code Critics

Some of a Republican group's concerns about Kootenai County's land use code are already going to be addressed, and some are off base, according to county officials and the consultant helping write the code. “I'm very cognizant of people's property rights, and we welcome participation, especially to address specific concerns in the code,” said Commissioner Dan Green about the drafting of the Unified Land Use Code. Green said on Wednesday morning that he had yet to see the resolution passed by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee at a meeting on Tuesday. The document contends that the ULUC as written would violate property rights, and it calls for the commissioners to hold regional hearings and notice property owners individually. Upon learning the committee's requests, Green said hearings are already slated to be held on the draft ULUC. Hearings will be scheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission, he said, and then before the county commissioners/Alecia Warren, CdA Press. More here.

Question: What do you make of the 42-2 vote by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee on a resolution opposing the county's Unified Lane Use Code?

Harris: ULUC Opposition Unprincipled

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) project appears to be either pointlessly obstructionist or appallingly uninformed. Either way, if the opponents were truly interested in property rights and regulatory streamlining, they’d be supporting the County’s reform efforts. Ignoring the completely nutty “U.N. Agenda 21″ conspiracy theorists, the ULUC opposition appears to be based primarily in a “property rights” viewpoint that ignores both the law and the policy choices that guide modern land use across the country.  Despite the bluster coming from the usual North Idaho know-it-alls, “property rights” are simply not absolute. In fact, property rights of individuals are balanced to protect the property values in the community/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here. (Phantom Photographer photo: Part of large crowd on hand at the Kootenai County workshop for the Unified Land Use Code project at the Coeur d'Alene Library last week)

Question: Do you consider property rights to be absolute?

Roundabouts Are Part Of Conspiracy

JMRusche (re: Lewiston straightens out roundabout issue): We just had an attack on a roundabout project here in Lewiston. The initial vote failed and would have cost the city $800,000 to repay funds to the state and Feds. Why the opposition? Roundabouts are part of Agenda 21 don’t you know. Part of the UN take-over, the new world order. We sell tinfoil helmets too.

Question: Are roundabouts part of the UN's Agenda 21 crusade, too?

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