Commissioners to consider putting teeth in P&Z enforcement

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing pursuant to Idaho Code and Boundary County code has been set for the Boundary County Board of County Commissioners at 2 p.m. Monday, May 6 at the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, to consider the following:

FILE 23-0180, LAND USE CODE TEXT AMENDMENT, BOUNDARY COUNTY has initiated an amendment to its subdivision and zoning codes to repeal current Section 4 “Enforcement” of the Boundary County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance and adopt a new enforcement section establishing procedures, remedies, and penalties for addressing land use code violations. The proposed amendment would define violations and declare them to be a misdemeanor, set a process to review zoning complaints, seek compliance, and authorize various remedies to abate violations.

The proposed new draft can be read here.

The Planning and Zoning Commission at its January 25, 2024, public hearing recommended to the Board of County Commissioners approval of the amendment. On March 11, 2024, the County Commissioners tabled the hearing to allow for further consideration and additional public notice.

Written comments longer than one page must be submitted to the Planning Office at PO Box 419, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 no later than 5:00 P.M. April 30, 2024. Anyone wishing to testify during the public portion of the hearing may do so in compliance with the public hearing procedures.

The complete files are available for view on the Boundary County Planning and Zoning website at or by appointment at the Planning Office by contacting the planners (208) 265- 4629 and selecting the planning extension. Anyone requiring special accommodations due to disability should contact the Commissioners’ office at least two days prior to the meeting at (208) 267-7723.

3 thoughts on “Commissioners to consider putting teeth in P&Z enforcement

  1. Are they calling this the “Owen Benjamin Rule?”

    Publisher’s Note: Well timed comment, John! I happen to be working on the latest Benjamin Bear episode! Like a poltergeist, he’s back! — mw

  2. Very good to know you’re keeping an eye out Mike. I wish the folks in Missouri had the good sense to smoke him out. I guess they’ll learn the hard way.

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