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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 am

The closer Kootenai County moves toward adopting a new Unified Land Use Code, the greater the tempest blows against it.

From the little guy who owns a few acres of prairieland to political and business juggernaut Avista Corp., the protest has swelled to a deafening level. All the many public meetings and all of the modifications made along the way have not assuaged the widespread fear and anger that many hold against the county. If county officials had any doubt about the size of or vehemence behind resistance to their new code, it was clarified recently when several hundred impassioned citizens overflowed the meeting room, forcing postponement of a handful of scheduled meetings.

That delay buys county officials some time to figure out their next steps. We recommend that part of the strategy focuses on effectively communicating with constituents, keeping in mind that communication is supposed to work both ways.

There are three constituent groups, and each deserves to be dealt with respectfully but separately.

The first group is individual, independent property owners who are mystified by this massive and complicated set of rules. These people have a genuine desire to understand; it's incumbent on the county to provide a clear road map of the code.

The second group includes ideologues whose conspiracy theories have wrapped their tentacles around this issue. They are taxpaying citizens of the county, so they have every right to be heard and their suggestions to be taken seriously, but that's the key. To these folks and their followers, the code is yet another manifestation of insidious governmental intrusion and control. Reasons for distrust vary, but a very loud few are trying to link the Kootenai County land use code to the United Nations' Agenda 21 - a sustainable development plan that many conscientious and scientifically grounded entities around the world have embraced. To these few critics, the county will never generate an acceptable set of rules, so officials would be wise to focus on the third group.

This group includes experts throughout the community, including longtime real estate, planning, legal and business professionals who are frustrated because the county's consultant has failed to weave their concerns into the tapestry of the code. There is no confusion over what the code is supposed to do. This group understands that it is supposed to provide predictability for developers and an enforcement instrument for the county's comprehensive plan. Confusion comes from these learned professionals wondering why the county is unable or unwilling to incorporate their most important suggestions.

It might be too late to save this iteration of the ULUC, risking years of work and almost $400,000. For any chance at code salvation, the county must listen to the experts around them, and the code must then reflect their wisdom. Fail at that and the imperative is clear: Start over, no matter the cost.

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  • Truthful posted at 2:05 pm on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    Truthful Posts: 133

    So this is an editorial piece with no signature? Really? Someone who calls a taxpayer and homeowner trying to protect their property rights a conspiracy theorist? CDA Press - you have stooped to a new low. A little research goes a long way. The truth is quoted from What is Agenda 21? If you do not know about it, you should.

    Agenda 21 is a two-decade old, grand plan for global ’Sustainable Development,’ brought to you from the United Nations. George H.W. Bush (and 177 other world leaders) agreed to it back in 1992, and in 1995, Bill Clinton signed Executive Order #12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development.’ This effectively pushed the UN plan into America’s large, churning government machine without the need for any review or discussion by Congress or the American people.

    ‘Sustainable Development’ sounds like a nice idea, right? It sounds nice, until you scratch the surface and find that Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development are really cloaked plans to impose the tenets of Social Justice/Socialism on the world.

    At risk from Agenda 21;

    Private Property ownership
    Single-Family homes
    Private car ownership and individual travel choices
    Privately owned farms
    The Agenda 21 plan openly targets private property. For over thirty-five years the UN has made their stance very clear on the issue of individuals owning land;

    Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.

    Source: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I),Vancouver, BC, May 31 – June 11, 1976. Preamble to Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report.

    There are two more, very good reasons to be wary of Agenda 21 and the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) that supports it: George Soros and the United Nations. Soros money has been tracked to funding parts of ICLEI


  • 3Cheers posted at 10:49 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    3Cheers Posts: 384

    The American Legion in Post Falls, not the VFW.

  • librtyhuntr posted at 7:34 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    librtyhuntr Posts: 317

    every property owner should be there saturday vfw post falls 9:00 am

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