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Appellate judges say sale of land for controversial smelter near Newport was legal

The $325 million project remains on indefinite hold, however, after Pend Oreille County commissioners rejected a zoning change that would have allowed its construction late last year. The ruling affirms the rights of public utilities to dispose of land as they see fit, but may allow governments to “play fast and loose with the rules,” an attorney for the group challenging the sale said.

Spokane Home Builders push back on Spokane County settlement

The Spokane Home Builders Association, a trade group representing construction interests, has some harsh words for the settlement agreement the county signed with neighborhood groups over urban growth issues. "It looks like they're kind of giving away the farm," said Michael Cathcart, government affairs director for the organization.

Land use, property rights top issues for Kootenai County commissioner candidates

Kootenai County voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary are considering six names for two of the three county commissioner seats. Their backgrounds and experience may be what separates them most, as all six share fairly similar views on the issues that come up most, especially the steady push by the Board of Commissioners to strengthen the hand of property owners in rules governing land use and development.

Avista plans stormwater swale

Avista Corp. is working on plans to install a new landscaped drainage and infiltration basin on its campus along Upriver Drive and the Centennial Trail.

Canterbury Bluff back before county hearing examiner

The controversial Canterbury Bluff subdivision in northern Spokane County has gone back before the county hearing examiner with a revised plan to increase undeveloped space around a wetland on the property.

Kootenai Co. commissioners ponder new land use category

COEUR d’ALENE — Kootenai County commissioners are considering a new land use category that creates a new classification for resort lodges, conference centers and guest ranches. During a Dec. 10 public hearing on the issue, the commissioners received comments from 58 citizens, and 44 opposed the changes.