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Bonner County OKs Clagstone Plan

Via Twitter from Mike Perry, KHQ’s Man in CdA: “Bonner Co. Commissioners unanimously approve the conceptual plan for Clagstone Meadows, a proposed 12,000 acre development near Kelso Lake.”

Does Clagstone Meadows Make Sense?

Developers will justifiably point out that a planned unit development (PUD) like Clagstone has a lot of advantages over development that occurs in bits and pieces over time. The area could instead randomly develop into small ranchettes, with little thought among them for open space, wetlands preservation, wildlife habitat, or water quality. A PUD, instead, clusters the housing on portions of the land while preserving a large amount of open space. Clagstone Meadows would have 1200 residential units on some 12,000 acres, but since the housing is focused in a small portion of the land, more than 10,000 acres of that would remain as open space and managed timberland/Cate Huisman, New West. More here. (KEA Blog file photo of opponents to Clagstone Meadows from late September meeting)

Question: Does it make more sense to have a planned unit development like proposed 1200-home Clagstone Meadows, in southern Bonner County (near Athol) than to allow the area to develop haphazardly?

‘Sudden City’ Planned Near County Line

Even in these times when multimillion dollar homes sit vacant on Lake Pend Oreille, some folks think they can make it big on waterfront real estate—even waterfront that doesn’t exist! Take Clagstone Meadows, for instance. This 12,000-acre “sudden city,” as it’s been called, would obliterate many acres of wetlands to enlarge small existing lakes on the property and create waterfront lots for custom homes and cottages. The proposed development is on Stimson Lumber Co. land just north of Kelso Lake and the Kootenai County line, in a woodsy marshland below Long Mountain/Susan Drumheller, Idaho Conservation League. More here.

Question: Do you support the development of ‘sudden cities’ in North Idaho?

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