For more information: Contact Larry Bryant 208.661.9690

October 29, 2019


Bonner County believes comprehensive planning should be relative to the specific area it relates to. As a result of this, the Bonner County Planning & Zoning Commission has formed sub-area committees in specific locations throughout the county to create Comprehensive Plans for their respective areas. 

Priest Lake has been identified as one of those areas. The committee is tasked with writing a 10-15 year Comprehensive Plan for the Priest Lake sub-area. Our sub-area plan will be added to the current County Comprehensive Plan. This process allows more intimate community involvement and participation regarding growth and development issues within the Priest Lake area which we believe will aid in maintaining the character of the area. 

The Priest Lake Sub-Area Committee is represented by the following members: Chairman Larry Bryant; Vice-Chairman Brent Guyer; Bob Mansfield; Cheryl Moody; Debby Trinen; Jim Woods; Jill Cobb; Nick Oltean; Suzie Hatfield; and alternate Teri Hill. This Committee began meeting in June of this year. Committee meetings are open to the public and are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Priest Lake Library, starting at 1:00 pm. To date we have developed the following DRAFT Vision Statement:


Draft Vision Statement

Our vision is to preserve the unique unspoiled environment of Priest Lake by protecting our abundant natural resources, community’s character, air & water quality, while promoting a strong year-round economy and a thriving local community.


The Plan’s vision is founded on these principles:

Respecting and honoring the history and rustic aesthetics of the Priest Lake area.

Supporting year-round economic development that is in balance with the environment.

Supporting and encouraging educational & recreational experiences that favorably shape the character and growth of our community.

The purpose of the Plan’s vision is to:

Promote responsible and conscientious stewardship of all natural resources.

Preserve and protect the area’s native ecosystems including soil, water quality, old growth forests, viewsheds, fish and wildlife.

Encourage ecologically appropriate year-round access to public lands and waterways.

Guide development processes to align with this vision and associated principles.

Promote land use policies that slow the gentrification occurring around major bodies of water within the subarea boundary.

 If you are interested in serving on this committee, there are two alternate positions available.  You can submit a letter of interest to the Bonner County Planning Department via email, or mail it to 1500 Hwy. 2, Suite 208, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864. You may also call the office at 208-265-1458 for information. All interested parties will be interviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning & Zoning Commission make the final decision and membership appointments.

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