Public hearings are being scheduled for proposed zoning changes to facilitate the Huetter Corridor project: A 6-lane divided highway that will cut across the Rathdrum Prairie, connecting Interstate 90 and Highway 95.
The $300 million Idaho Transportation Department project has been in the planning stage for 20 years. The county’s role in the project includes protecting access for the project by creating a zoning overlay.
“The Huetter Corridor Overlay Zone implements certain access and setback limitations in areas impacted by the project,” said David Callahan, Kootenai County’s Community Development Director.
The reduced access points and new setbacks aim to preserve property that may need to be acquired for right of way for the highway project, protect existing rights and access for property owners within the Huetter Corridor, keep the cost of property acquisition for the project as low as possible, and minimize the project’s impact on property owners within the corridor.
The Kootenai County Planning and Zoning Commission will schedule the first public hearing in the coming weeks. Public comment will be allowed during the hearing. Written comments can also be submitted by email to David Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to County Commissioners either for or against the proposed overlay zone. Then, a second public hearing will be scheduled by County Commissioners who will ultimately decide to approve or reject the overlay zone.
The proposed land use amendment to create the Huetter Corridor Overlay Zone can be downloaded using the link below:
Copyright © 2021 Keeping Kootenai - All Rights Reserved.