Lockwood Will Serve County Well as Commissioner

April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee – Direct Link to Article

I have known Steve Lockwood for many years and in various capacities. In all of that time, Steve has proven himself to be a good and decent man. He has a history of public service to Sandpoint during which he has shown that he treats people, all people, with great respect regardless of differences of opinion. He will bring calm and good will in service as a county commissioner. I urge you get to know Steve Lockwood.

ILENE BELL

Sandpoint

Vote Lockwood for County Commissioner

April 26, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee – Direct Link to Article

Steve Lockwood is on the ballot for Bonner County commissioner in our upcoming May 15 primary election.

Steve has experience and knowledge. He served as a member of the Lake Pend Oreille School Board, where he reviewed and stabilized budgets, all while showing great concern for our students and educational system.

He is thoughtful, fair and will listen to all sides. Steve displays consistency, integrity, and his word can be trusted. Being a problem solver, he knows how to work as an effective team leader and member.

Also, Steve has a delightful sense of humor, which makes it easy for anyone to talk to him.

Steve Lockwood will make an outstanding county commissioner. So give him your vote this May and again in November.

PHILIP A. DEUTCHMAN

Sandpoint

Unpleasant Surprises May Face Many County Landowners

April 19, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee – Direct Link to Article

Unpleasant surprises may face many Bonner County landowners. The county is considering undermining 27 years of countywide zoning by allowing illegally created parcels created before Nov. 18, 2008, to be lawful through “amnesty.”

This waives 27 years of zoning standards, like lot size minimums, and 13 years of subdivision standards, like the need to plat. Your neighborhood may change without notice as you welcome neighbors to lots you thought were too small to develop. This “amnesty” is unfair to those who followed the rules. For example: A 20-acre parcel zoned agricultural since 1981 with a 10-acre minimum was split into four 5-acre properties, violating the lot size minimum without going through the subdivision process, would now become legal.

Folks who bought into a neighborhood in rural Bonner County thinking they were moving into an agricultural area now find that this isn’t going to be the case because neighboring lots will be smaller.

The code proposal would affect property owners and jurisdictions county-wide. A fire district that has staffed for homes on 10-acre lots, could find itself serving many more property owners, with no advance notice. Roads may not be properly sized. Water and sewer districts may be overextended.

STEVE LOCKWOOD

Sandpoint

Bonner County Zoning Changes

Unpleasant surprises may face many Bonner County landowners. The County is considering undermining 27 years of countywide zoning by allowing illegally created parcels created before November 18, 2008 to be lawful through “amnesty.”

This waives 27 years of zoning standards, like lot size minimums, and 13 years of subdivision standards, like the need to plat. Your neighborhood may change without notice as you welcome neighbors to lots you thought were too small to develop. This “amnesty” is unfair to those who followed the rules. For example: A 20 acre parcel zoned Agricultural since 1981 with a 10 acre minimum was split into four 5 acre properties, violating the lot size minimum without going through the subdivision process, would now become legal.

Folks that bought into a neighborhood in rural Bonner County thinking they were moving into an agricultural area now find that this isn’t going to be the case because neighboring lots will be smaller.

The code proposal would affect property owners and jurisdictions county-wide. A fire district that has staffed for homes on 10 acre lots, could find itself serving many more property owners, with no advance notice. Roads may not be properly sized. Water and sewer districts may be overextended.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for this proposal BCRC 12-616 on Thursday, April 5, at 5:30 pm at the County Administrative Building, 1500 Highway 2.