The CDA Press recently reported and editorialized about the recent development forum, which focussed attention on frustrations with County approval and enforcement processes in the Kootenai County Building and Planning Department.
As perhaps the ardent environmentalists referred to in this CDA Press editorial, we would only say that not all of the blame can be laid in the Department. A huge problem is the failure of the Commissioners to adopt even minimal fixes to horribly dysfunctional building codes, zoning codes, hearing procedures, and site disturbance and flood control ordinances. And, of course, a comp plan decision is way overdue.
It isn’t just the comp plan that is stuck in the Commissioners’ bottleneck. The County Commissioners have had a draft ordinance to fix at least some of their outmoded and inefficient hearing procedures sitting on their desks since last summer. They’ve held hearings, but deliberations have stalled.
Fairness, clarity, and consistency are values we can all agree on, but the Department could also use some supportive legislative action in that regard. When it comes to the basic rules governing the county, the Department doesn’t have much to work with.