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Attorney general threatens Idaho County officials

The Idaho County commissioners face a threat of criminal prosecution by the state attorney general if the board does not begin work on a comprehensive land-use plan and zoning ordinance within a month.

Amway House denied rezoning request

The Amway House will not be allowed to be turned into an event venue or bed-and-breakfast any time soon, after the Post Falls Planning and Zoning Commission voted against a special use permit Tuesday night.

‘Spoils society’ spawns economic resentment

Regardless of where your sympathies lie – redistribution is both good and bad – what connects all these activities and many others is that they don’t result in the production of more goods and services.

Houston’s lack of zoning left city vulnerable to catastrophic floods

The nation’s fourth largest city is facing a one-two punch of catastrophic rains from a storm that has yet to reach its peak, with water that is expected to keep rising by rain that is still coming, and a near complete lack of city zoning rules in Houston that has made an uncommonly disastrous weather event even worse.

Beyond zoning: Residents discuss Pullman of the future

A handful of community members woke bright and early Tuesday morning and headed to the Pioneer Center in Pullman to discuss their 20-year visions for the city. It was the first public meeting of Pullman 2040, an organization dedicated to developing a collective vision for the city and a way to accomplish it.

Draft plan provokes conflict on Spokane Valley zoning

Spokane Valley residents near North Barker Road and East Sprague Avenue have been going door to door, handing out fliers alerting the neighborhood to how a proposed zoning change could turn a cow pasture into an apartment complex. “I don’t understand why we are here again,” said Stephanie Colombo, during the first public hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan at last week’s Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting. “It’s a goal of this plan to maintain the integrity of the neighborhoods. This does not match our neighborhood.”

Spokane Valley comprehensive plan under review

She’s the first to admit she could have checked things out more carefully, but when Nina Fluegal purchased a home on East Fourth Avenue in Spokane Valley in 2006, she never imagined she’d become the neighbor of the two-story apartment complex that’s now looming over her house. Bordering Fluegal’s backyard to the north and to the west sits Diamond Rock Construction’s nearly finished Blake Apartments at 13313 E. Fourth Ave. Fluegal said the new development is intruding on her privacy and has caused drainage problems in her backyard.

Liberty Lake ends yearlong moratorium on pot, as tight zoning is placed on city

The Liberty Lake City Council, which passed a law last year ticketing minors who appear to be high in public, voted unanimously Tuesday to end a yearlong moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses. But potential pot entrepreneurs said the zoning codes that will replace the ban are so stringent that only a single parcel of land south of Interstate 90 will be available for marijuana businesses.

Planning Commission vote shows uneasiness with pot

Growing opposition to the legal marijuana industry in Spokane County put a routine vote on zoning codes in jeopardy Thursday and left the door open for a moratorium on new pot businesses. A volunteer board of citizens voted 4-2 Thursday to pass along a proposed set of zoning codes that essentially maintains the status quo of the marijuana industry in the county. The laws would allow pot growing to continue in many rural-zoned areas of the county, require 300 feet between the crop and an adjacent owner’s home, and limit processing to industrial areas.