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Land-Use Code Workshop Set Today

Brent Regan, who is seen leaving to applause at the first local Tea Party event (April 15, 2009) at Independence Point, will be one of those in attendance at a Unified Land Use Code Project workshop scheduled at 5:45 p.m. today in the community room of the new Coeur d'Alene Library community room. Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC) will be giving a presentation of Chapter 3, Density, Bulk and Scale, Chapter 4, Accessory Structures and Signs, Chapter 6, Site and Subdivision Design. More here. Mary Souza circulated an email urging followers to attend the workshop: “(Brent Regan's a good friend and a very smart man, so please join me and let's learn more about this important topic that touches all of our lives.” Recently, Regan wrote on op-ed piece for the Coeur d'Alene Press Online warning county residents that their property rights were under attack and that they need to be wary of changes to the comprehensive plan. You can read Regan's op-ed here. (Phantom Photographer photo)

Question: Which side worries you more when it comes to county planning — commissioners or Hard Right critics?

2 New Kootenai Commissioners?

On KEA Blog, Terry Harris cutlines: “Candidates Jai Nelson and Dan Green at the comp plan hearing, perhaps discussing how they would un-screw it up. Nelson, of course, is running against write-in candidate Rick Currie, the incumbent commissioner. Green won is GOPrimary and is unopposed in the general election You can read Terry’s views on the latest comprehensive plan meeting by the current county commission here. (Photo by KEA BlackberryCam)

ICL Blog: R.I.P. Rathdrum Prairie

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/Susan Drumheller (pictured), Idaho Conservation League. More here.

Question: How much longer will it be before the Rathdrum Prairie is covered w/houses?

KEA Blog: Comp Plan Misinformation

Dealing with comp plan misinformationOne of the more frustrating things about the comp plan battle has been fending off the misinformation by the realtors, builders, and business interests. Parroting talking points we’ve been hearing all along, a commenter to our recent posting about the Commissioners’ misguided decision to remove density designations from the current draft plan writes: “This is actually a wonderful and BRAVE decision for these two to make. Terry…you and I don’t always agree but the state law is VERY specific and NO other county has density restrictions in their comp plan in Idaho. It is illegal by statute.” Which is (except for the “don’t always agree” part) unfortunately false. Quite a few Idaho counties have ranges of land use densities specified in their comp plans/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.

Question: Are you satisfied with the way Kootenai County commissioners have handled the comprehensive plan in the last two to four years? 

KEA: Currie, Piazza Punt On Density

In their long slow failure of deliberating the draft Comprehensive Plan, the County Commissioners today voted 2-1 in favor of throwing out thousands of hours of hard work by hundreds of citizens in developing a new comp plan that actually meant something. Over Commissioner Tondee’s strong objection, Commissioners Currie and Piazza voted to remove specific development density ranges for all land use designations in the Plan. In essence, the two Commissioners declined to describe in real and useful terms what levels of development would be appropriate in any area of the county. The density decision, of course, is the most important one to make in a comprehensive plan. Today’s deliberation was the last one scheduled before the primary election/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here. (SR File Photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Will today’s vote on the comprehensive plan density make you more or less likely to vote for Commissioners Rick Currie and Rich Piazza in the GOPrimaries?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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