As you know, the Bonner County Commissioners have been making changes to land use codes at such a rapid rate it is difficult to keep up. Regardless of how one feels about the changes, it is true that the process has not been transparent, inclusive or undergone a standard planning procedure. Because of this, a large percentage of the population have no idea these changes exist or how they will impact their lives.
Land use planning is the most comprehensive tool we have locally and nationally to influence our economy and sustain our natural resources, which as we all know, are mutually dependent. Our land uses are essential and many and there is not one land use that does not have the potential to impact natural resources.
I hope you will consider covering this issue before the public hearing coming up . . . with proposed changes to definitions of subdivisions. These proposed changes are so complicated folks need time to process them.
Thank you for your consideration,
Lake Assist Coordinator
Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District