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 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 8500 N Atlas Road Hayden, ID 83835 Phone: 208-415-5100
If a community water system is affected by the site disturbance, inquiries are addressed to: Department of Environmental Quality 2110 Ironwood Parkway Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-769-1422