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Commission puts developer's wishes over citizens' rights

| September 21, 2023 1:00 AM

As usual, our commissioners and planning and zoning commission sided with the developer over our citizens in approving the 116-unit Providence Road subdivision.

Similar to other actions, they disregarded the rights of those already living in the area now faced with increasingly dense traffic on Highway 200 and no emergency exit out of Providence Road. How can an additional 200 trips a day off Providence Road help the situation?

Why would the Planning Commission not require multiple outlets to diffuse traffic and allow safe exits for residents of the new development and those living on Providence Road? Even now, a traffic light is badly needed at the intersection of Highway 200 and Kootenai Bay Road. The Idaho Transportation Department says it “will put some cameras there.” Will that study take another two years?

Once again, our commissioners have supported the developer, who bears no responsibility to the community it is adversely impacting, over the rights of our citizens.

JIM RAMSEY

Sandpoint

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