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Homes’ future up in the air

From the deck of her manufactured home in Airway Heights, Sharron Patton looks up to see big military jets gliding down to Fairchild Air Force Base about two miles away. This is the crash zone, but the noise and risk don’t bother her. “I find it comforting,” she said of the military might the planes represent.

Sacketts tell panel about EPA woe

WASHINGTON – A North Idaho couple took their fight against the Environmental Protection Agency to Congress this week, saying the federal government is destroying people’s lives. Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, were blocked from building a house on their land because the EPA said the property contains wetlands. They contend it doesn’t, and their case was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court in January.

Land-use rules near FAFB proposed

Spokane County commissioners are pushing to get new land-use regulations in place around Fairchild Air Force Base by spring to show the Pentagon they are sincere about protecting Fairchild from civilian encroachment. The commissioners said on Wednesday they will urge officials in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Spokane to move quickly on parallel regulations as well.

Unworldly paranoia in Kootenai County

Can you imagine a world where the Kootenai County commissioners would make a stealth move to grab private property rights? A world where the handmaidens of the New World Order are the GOP trio of Dan Green, Jai Nelson and Todd Tondee?

Kootenai County revising land-use codes

Kootenai County on Monday launched what is expected to be a two-year process to revise its land-use regulations. The county has hired a nationwide planning firm that aims to create an extremely open public process. Draft code sections will be posted online for public comment. An online “webinar” will be held that will be open to anyone. And dozens of people have been appointed to committees and focus groups to solicit public input and discussion.

Kootenai County OKs new comprehensive plan

Kootenai County commissioners on Thursday approved a comprehensive plan that’s been four years in the making. Updating the 16-year-old plan began in the fall of 2006 and involved hundreds of meetings, with input from developers, environmentalists, mayors, state agencies and ordinary citizens. Commissioner Rick Currie said the plan would not please everyone but is the county’s best attempt at compromise.

Program covers land use issues

A traveling program of a national nonprofit that focuses on responsible land use will stop in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday for a presentation on how water affects the local economy.

Planning urged to control land use around Fairchild

Fairchild Air Force Base needs civilian protection to survive, local government officials were told this week. Spokane County officials asked leaders in Airway Heights, Spokane and Medical Lake to join them in implementing recommendations from a two-year land-use study.

Fairchild land-use study almost done

A study to sort out the effects of growth around Fairchild Air Force Base is one step closer to conclusion after a second public forum was held in Airway Heights Monday. The joint land-use study calls for tougher measures to prevent noise complaints and continued restrictions on construction within the flight path for the base.

Neighbors File Appeal To Stop Marina Move

Two property owners near Arrow Point have appealed a state Department of Lands decision to allow an 82-slip marina to move into the channel on the west side of Arrow Point. Roger Stewart of Arrow Point Development Co. applied to the state agency to move the boat slip from a bay on the east side of the peninsula to the west side.

Lawmakers Protest Plan To Raise Cabin Leases Yearly Fees Could Jump To $28,125

An Idaho hearing could set the cost of forest cabins nationwide and balance the interests of taxpayers against those of cabin renters, from senior citizens on fixed incomes to actor Bruce Willis. Members of Idaho's congressional delegation have protested a plan by the U.S. Forest Service to charge rentals that are closer to market value for cabins on federal land, including the Sawtooth National Forest.

Regal Street’s Future Focus Of Public Hearings

The future of South Regal Street is going to be argued in the coming month during two public hearings on large shopping center proposals. The Spokane County Hearing Examiner will consider the first proposal on Wednesday for a shopping center and housing development at 57th and Regal. In that hearing, Rich Naccarato of Cedar Builders Inc. of Spokane is seeking a 55,000-square-foot supermarket, other commercial buildings and 150 apartments and duplex units.

Keep It Livable

For 25 years, residents of Five Mile Prairie fought to preserve the rural beauty of their windswept, big-skied plateau, which floats above the northern Spokane suburbs like a memory of the city's agrarian past. They lost. The prairie's fate is sealed. Its deep, rich fields, where meadowlarks sang and tractors plowed, will grow cul-de-sacs. Will sprout, row on row, with gable-roofed suburbia.

You Can Still Go Public There Still Remains Free Land Out There On Which To Hunt

It may not be as easy as it used to be, but no hunter in Idaho or Washington is without a place to hunt. Millions of acres of public land are open to hunting. In the vast state of Texas, there is virtually no public land open to hunting. But in Washington, there are about 12.9 million acres about 30 percent of the state of public land open to hunting. That does not include park and refuge lands where hunting is prohibited.

Golf Resort Project Teed Up In Great Falls Mostly Nonresident Owners Seen For Hundreds Of Homes On 1,700 Acres

Discussion about a golf resort proposed for a wheat field southeast of here is picking up, now that the city-county planning director has summarized concerns government officials are likely to raise. Responding to a request from the developers, planner Bob Horne listed the concerns he anticipates in connection with Foothills. At 1,700 acres, it would be about 40 percent of the size of nearby Malmstrom Air Force Base.