Proposed Changes to Bonner Co. Planning and Zoning Code…

Dear Editor,

Do you want an industrial plant near your rural home? No? Then read this:

Bonner County zoning codes are currently up for changes without the usual opportunities for citizen input. Under currently proposed revisions, industrial plants would be permitted in many county zones, potentially including yours. Protection of private property will be weakened.

The Bonner County website says, “The Bonner County Planning Department is committed to protecting property rights and enhancing property values through conscientious land-use planning.” The County Commission appears determined to change that.

In the past, citizens were offered many opportunities to contribute to changes such as these.  The County held evening workshops in many locations, published progress reports, and tried hard to keep you informed and include your ideas.

Zoning for industrial uses is only one of many changes underway. Today’s Commission may be doing the legal minimum to notify the public of their activities, but they are trying to ram this through quickly without your knowledge and without incorporating your ideas.

If elected Bonner County Commissioner in November, I will transparently conduct public business. Today’s commission is doing the opposite.

Call the commissioners at 208-265-1438. Ask for a copy of the proposed changes and demand an open process!

Steve Lockwood
Sandpoint

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