It’s done! Although I’m semi snowed-in today, I got word from the Kootenai County Commissioners that the long-awaited Comprehensive Plan is complete. Signed into official status as of this morning.
According to the press release sent by the County, the process that formally began more than four years ago, was completed with three Commissioner signatures on the document this morning. The press release describes the long and tortuous process somewhat bloodlessly:
The updating of the Plan began in the fall of 2006 with the firm Kezziah Watkins conducting “Meetings in a Box” in order to gather a wide-range of public input. In January 2007, the Kootenai County Planning and Zoning Commission (Planning Commission) began an intensive Comprehensive Plan amendment process that incorporated public comments received at the many workshops and “road show” informational meetings they conducted. Following the recommendation of the Planning Commission, the Board of County Commissioners provided additional opportunities for public review in order to gain final public and agency input. Following an extensive review of the draft plan and supplemental public comments, the Board completed their deliberations on December 28, 2010.
The County’s press release was effusive in thanks: to the Planning Commission which clearly put in the most work; and to”the many state agencies, city mayors, councils, managers, planners, and staff from County departments for their effort in developing and reviewing this plan.”
But we thought the County was especially nice to acknowledge and thank “the hundreds of citizens who attended countless public meetings, workshops, local neighborhood meetings, and public hearings. Your thoughtful review of the plan and its goals and policies have been essential to capturing the spirit and vision of what makes and will keep Kootenai County great.” We are pretty sure they are talking about KEA members.
Thanks and congratulations to everyone who has been to a meeting, testified at a hearing, wrote comments, or listened to me rant about it all. The plan could have been better, but it would have been much much worse without your hard work.