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Kootenai County’s Board of Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance on March 29, 2022, to protect the county’s groundwater in preparation for the expiration of a rule that restricts septic density over the Rathdrum Prairie to one dwelling per every 5 acres. The emergency ordinance amends the minimum lots sizes of the county’s zoning districts that coincide with the boundaries of the Rathdrum Prairie aquifer. Kootenai County’s Community Development Department is drafting an amendment to the Land Use and Development Code that would make the 5-acre rule a permanent County code. The full text of the emergency ordinance is available at www.keepingkootenai.com. Once drafted, the proposed Land Use amendment will be made available to the public. It will be reviewed by the County Planning and Zoning Commission and scheduled for public hearings in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners.