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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Should chickens be permitted in suburban areas? Can corn mazes, pumpkin patches or vineyard tasting rooms add flavor to the ag/tourism scene in Bonner County?

The Bonner County Planning & Zoning Commission is forming a volunteer agricultural advisory committee to help examine how its land use laws can promote agricultural lands and productivity.

Formation of the committee is a key point of the recently adopted agriculture component of the county’s comprehensive land use plan. The county agreed to examine its land use codes to ensure “current regulations do not overtly hinder agricultural productivity.”

The ag advisory committee will help the planning commission review its land use laws and suggest changes to promote agriculture and small-acreage farming.

The planning commission is inviting anyone who is interested in serving on the panel to submit a letter of interest to the planning department by Friday, Aug. 2. The letter should include information regarding the individual’s background in agriculture, reasons they wish to serve and contact information.

The advisory board is expected to meet once or twice a month. The commission will select about 12 people to serve on the committee.

Planning Director Clare Marley can be reached at 265-1458. The Planning Department’s address is 1500 U.S. Highway 2, Suite 208, Sandpoint, ID. 83864. Its email address is

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  • millicater posted at 2:10 am on Thu, Dec 25, 2014.

    millicater Posts: 17

    A farm must have optimal conditions to operate, from good internal conditions in the main building to functional agricultural machines and cargo vehicles. Sometimes some parts of these machines may break down and the farmer must find quickly a company that repair these specific machines. For example, the farmer will find heat exchangers or water cooled condensers at The idea is to find specialized services for each technical problem.

  • Angeloftruth posted at 3:03 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Angeloftruth Posts: 80

    Where is the outrage over another layer of government as there was when the Property Rights Council was formed as an advisory group? Watch out for this one. They spent several years trying to push through the Watershed Overlay which failed and my guess would be that this group is being formed to again attempt to restrict land use. Have to watch closely who is appointed.