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Stop land use code

Hundreds of Kootenai County property owners have spent thousands of hours attempting to stop the proposed land use code. It is a long and tortuous document, poorly organized, unduly restrictive and vague as to actual intent and consequences.

On June 28, the commissioners decided to send it back for revisions to Kendig Keast, the same out-of-state consultant that created it. The commissioners indicated they are looking for themes in the public input. If so, they need to weigh the hundreds of names on available petitions which tell them the document cannot be salvaged. It will be a mistake to send it back to the incompetents who created it. The existing code is much better.

But if it actually is to be sent back to Colorado, the citizens of the county deserve and should demand to know exactly what instructions will be given to the consultant regarding the specific requirements for the revisions.

John McFaddin



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