Community Development is dedicated to responsible land use planning in an effort to guide growth and prepare for a healthy future.
Since 1973, the County has used zoning and land use regulations to ensure that development contributes to the well-being of residents, neighborhoods, and our shared community.
GOOD NEIGHBORS GUIDE: Reducing conflict between homeowners, developers, farmers and forest owners
The character of Kootenai County is changing as
residential development moves closer and closer to
established agricultural, timber and mixed ag-timber operations. With forethought, consideration and understanding of existing law, there need not be conflict between new residential
owners and existing farmers or forest owners.
The Keeping Kootenai Facebook page provides weekly to monthly updates on ongoing amendments and any other relevant land use news, such as recently approved zoning cases. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the meetings remotely.
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