Saturday, December 09, 2023

Last public meeting on the Comp Plan update

Staff Writer | September 20, 2022 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — The Planning Commission is meeting today to discuss the final proposed changes to goals, objectives, and policies of the current comprehensive plan.

The meeting should be the culmination of a formal editing process that has lasted since July. At the end of August, the Planning Commission had commissioner Dave Frankenbach prepare the document for their Sept. 6 hearing, which has been edited and re-edited several times since the process began in July and was in need of a touch up for readability’s sake.

County planner Swati Rastogi took over the finalization process for today’s meeting after Frankenbach completed the task leading up to the Sept. 6 meeting.

The meeting has been continued since Aug. 30 and is closed to public comment, according to the notice posted on the Bonner County website.

Aug. 30 was the originally intended end date of the commission’s role in the update process. The commissioners had planned to recommend the updates for passage by the Bonner County Board of Commissioners, but were hampered by noticing requirements.

Since the original notice for the amendment only referenced the July 19 updates, the commission could not vote to approve edits proposed after that date – without some parliamentary maneuvering.

At today’s hearing, the commission plans to address issues regarding the natural resources chapter and the school facilities and transportation chapter in the goals, objectives, and policies of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

Following these latest revisions, the last final draft would then be voted for recommendation either tonight or at the next meeting on Oct. 4.

Information: To read the proposed revisions and public comments regarding the updates, search “AM0012-22” at The Planning Commission will meet today, Sept. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bonner County Administration Building, 1500 U.S. 2 in Sandpoint.

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