Unified Land Use Code Project Update
As part of the ongoing public participation and outreach program for the proposed new Unified Land Use Code (ULUC),
which is being developed for properties in the unincorporated areas of Kootenai County, the Planning Commission will be conducting
public hearings and deliberations this coming June. Please click here
for additional information.
Welcome to the Planning Department Web Page!
The planning process, both current and long range, is an opportunity for a county to
prepare a set of strategies for the future. Planning and Zoning in Kootenai County was
non-existent before 1973. Prior to that year, anything built on a piece of property
followed no set of standards. Current planning and zoning regulations went into effect
in 1973, and the "Idaho Local Planning Act" was created. Now, changes, upgrades, and
variances must conform to this current code to determine whether structure is harmonious
with the proposed site's zoning.
Permits are required from the the Planning Division of the Community Development Department
prior to engaging in site disturbance
activities such as grading, excavating, and storm drainage or runoff control, if planned
within a subdivision. In addition, water quality issues are of concern. If a septic system
is involved, inquiries are directed to Panhandle Health at 8500 N. Atlas Road, Hayden, ID
83835 (415-5100). If a community water system is affected by the site disturbance, inquiries
are addressed to the Department of Environmental Quality at 2110 Ironwood Parkway, Coeur