Comprehensive Plan

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Please click here to view the proposed Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan Update. The elements are arranged in the order found in the Idaho state planning statute - Title 67, Chapter 65 (Local Land Use Planning). You may also view the Policy Review based on Public Comment or the Summary Statement if you wish.

For the latest information on the Comp Plan Update for 2019, as well as other Community Development updates, please click here for our Keeping Kootenai website.

Click here for Planning Commission Revisions to Comprehensive Plan Update from the Public Hearing on September 26.

Current Comp Plan

The Board of County Commissioners approved the amended Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, December 30, 2010. The Plan is posted below and includes seventeen chapters, a bibliography and glossary.

The Comp Plan may be accessed in its entirety by clicking here, or chapter by chapter as listed below.

Plan Updates

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.

Special Thanks

The Planning Commission deserves special recognition for their extraordinary effort over many long evenings that they dedicated to the planning process. It was their careful, considerate review of draft elements, public comments and the statutory requirements that led to articulation of Kootenai County's vision for the future in this plan. We sincerely thank each of you for your tremendous effort on this most difficult task.

We are also grateful to the many state agencies, city mayors, councils, managers, planners, and staff from County departments for their effort in developing and reviewing this plan.

The Board of County Commissioners acknowledges and thanks 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.

Again, the Board of County Commissioners expresses sincere appreciation to all those who contributed time, energy, and vision to develop the County's Comprehensive Plan. (See Acknowledgements (PDF))