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Old Posted Dec 20, 2007, 8:15 PM
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What are the complaints? Or is it misguided angst by locals at the large population surge in the last few years? It seems hi-rise buildings are the easiest target even though it is backwards logic to me.



Speaking of the resort. My budget was accepted by the board yesterday, so it looks like I might be conventioning in C'dA come springtime.
Well, last year the Cd'A City Council passed its first true height limits for buildings downtown. The limits are decent (220 feet). I just know that many residents here want to preserve their views of the lake downtown. As always, the pendulum swings one way, then back the other. We got two towers over 15 stories downtown in the last 5 years and have 2 or 4 more going in Riverstone. That's the reason why I think there may not be some more in the near future. The city of Cd'A, along with Post Falls, will get some more midrises between 5-8 stories, and that's fine by me. Again, just my thoughts from reading the newspapers and talking with some area residents. And you're right, many of the residents who have been here for a while are angry at the growth and what it is doing to the area's infrastructure.

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For a city like CDA, a great mix of 5-8 stories downtown that relate well to pedestrians seems like the right balance. I hope some great infill proposals come your way and keep those beautiful open spaces - open. JMHO.

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Strong sectors to keep Kootenai growth on track
By: Mike McLean (Spokane Journal of Business)

Despite a steep slowdown in the residential real estate market in Kootenai County, the economy there is expected to remain strong in 2008, especially in terms of commercial, retail, and tourism growth.

Jonathan Coe, president and general manager of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, says several major commercial construction projects are expected to be completed in 2008 and more are in the pipeline.

The $50 million Parkside mixed-use tower in downtown Coeur d’Alene is scheduled to be completed late next year, as is the $35 million Salvation Army Coeur d’Alene Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on that city’s northwest side, he says.

Riverstone, the 161-acre mixed-use development along the Spokane River northwest of downtown Coeur d’Alene, is continuing with its aggressive development plans, which include condominium, office, and retail projects, he says.

Coe says developers are confident that the commercial sector can absorb the buildings erected in the brisk construction.

“I’m seeing things are filling up, and I think they’ll do pretty well,” he says.


In an otherwise healthy local economy, home sales have slowed markedly in Kootenai County for the second straight year. In the six months ended Oct. 31, the number of homes sold fell 11.4 percent from the year-earlier period, a report compiled by the Coeur d’Alene Multiple Listing Service shows. The median sales price fell 4.2 percent.

Chuck Ryan, a real estate agent with Century 21 Beutler & Associates, of Coeur d’Alene, says he’s expecting prices to stabilize in 2008.

“There’s a ton of listings, and people have a lot to choose from,” Ryan says.

He says, however, as people keep moving to Kootenai County, the inventory of homes listed for sale, which was estimated by the MLS in October as equivalent to 13 months of sales, should begin to ebb.

“By the end of 2008, I think we’ll see a dramatic turnaround in the market,” Ryan says.

Kathryn Tacke, the Coeur d’Alene-based regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, estimates that Kootenai County’s population will reach 137,200 by the end of this year (the local Kootenai County planner estimated the county's population at over 140,000 by the end of this year). She says the county’s population has been increasing at an annual rate of about 2.7 percent in each of the past two years, and she expects a similar rate of increase in 2008.

Barring a national recession, 2008 should be a great year for retail businesses in Kootenai County, Tacke says. She says major retail tenants are expected to commit to projects in the Pointe at Post Falls development, where Cabela’s Inc. recently opened a 130,000-square-foot retail outlet in west Post Falls.

Another major shopping center is proposed along state Route 41, near Post Falls, she says. That center’s planned location is at the northeast corner of state Route 41 and Prairie Avenue.

Tacke says the tourism industry in and around Kootenai County should benefit from Coeur d’Alene’s national and international exposure, as well as the softer U.S. dollar.

“Europeans are going to be feeling rich when they come here,” she says. Kootenai County already has enjoyed a surge in Canadian shoppers due to the increase in value of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar, she adds.

The county’s manufacturing sector also could benefit from the weaker U.S. dollar, because a weak dollar makes U.S. products cheaper for foreign buyers, Tacke says. Potentially attractive export prices could be negated, however, by the sting of rising energy costs, she adds.

Tacke says she expects job growth this year will come in at a surprisingly strong 3 percent, or more than 1,600 new jobs in Kootenai County. She’s not expecting job growth to be that high in 2008.

The Kootenai County economy should benefit from strengthening prices for precious metals, which have triggered bolstered mining activity in the Silver Valley, Tacke says.

“The average annual wage for mine workers is $57,000 and it’s going to get higher because metal prices continue to be high,” she says, adding that Silver Valley miners spend a significant amount of their income in Kootenai County.
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What is going on in Kellogg? I have seen some articles in the recent past mentioning how the town is becoming touristy and that Silver Mountain is becoming more of a destination.
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What is going on in Kellogg? I have seen some articles in the recent past mentioning how the town is becoming touristy and that Silver Mountain is becoming more of a destination.
Yeah, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer did a nice story on the city of Kellogg a few months ago. The major thing they are working on in Kellogg is the Morning Star Lodge (condos). Most of the buildings are built now, but I'm not exactly sure... When you drive by Kellogg on the freeway, the condos look massive (a few 5-story buildings, which is large for Kellogg). The Silver Valley got a Wal-Mart a few years ago and also now has a few call centers and other mid-size employers besides the silver mines.

Silver Mountain has added some more terrain and improved its marketing. In addition, it is building an indoor waterpark (see link below---if you go to the website, be sure to click on the Photos & Cams link to see what has been going on) and a golf course. Kellogg and the rest of the Silver Valley is definately turning itself around after the decline in population and the economy in Shoshone County in the 1980s and 1990s. The county is still small (14,000 people)---the city of Hayden has more people than Shoshone County---but people will move to the area more and more as land is cheap there and Kellogg and other cities are only 20-25 minutes from Cd'A (only a tad farther away from Cd'A than Rathdrum, which is growing like crazy). The only problem with living in Shoshone County and commuting to Cd'A is going over 4th of July Pass on I-90, but 90% of the time, the pass is fine to drive over, even in the wintertime.

Here's some information and links on Kellogg and Sandpoint projects:


Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark/Morning Star Lodge in Kellogg
Waterpark opening early 2008
http://www.silvermt.com/


University of Idaho-Sandpoint
$30 million 77 acre university site in Sandpoint
First classes available in fall 2009
1,000 student enrollment within five years of the first classes


Schweitzer Ski Resort expansion near Sandpoint
$50 million expansion to build 2 more chairlifts and more roads to help improve access for future residences on the mountain (Schweitzer will eventually add more than 4,000 housing units to its 7,000 acre private holding---there are fewer than 1,000 housing units currently)
http://www.schweitzer.com/



The Crossing at Willow Bay in Sandpoint
180 acre gated community with yacht club access
http://www.crossingwillowbay.com/home


Dover Bay in Sandpoint
285 acre waterfront community
http://www.doverbayidaho.com/


Seasons at Sandpoint
Private residential resort and spa
http://www.seasonsatsandpoint.com/
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Yeah, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer did a nice story on the city of Kellogg a few months ago. The major thing they are working on in Kellogg is the Morning Star Lodge (condos). Most of the buildings are built now, but I'm not exactly sure... When you drive by Kellogg on the freeway, the condos look massive (a few 5-story buildings, which is large for Kellogg). The Silver Valley got a Wal-Mart a few years ago and also now has a few call centers and other mid-size employers besides the silver mines.

Silver Mountain has added some more terrain and improved its marketing. In addition, it is building an indoor waterpark (see link below---if you go to the website, be sure to click on the Photos & Cams link to see what has been going on) and a golf course. Kellogg and the rest of the Silver Valley is definately turning itself around after the decline in population and the economy in Shoshone County in the 1980s and 1990s. The county is still small (14,000 people)---the city of Hayden has more people than Shoshone County---but people will move to the area more and more as land is cheap there and Kellogg and other cities are only 20-25 minutes from Cd'A (only a tad farther away from Cd'A than Rathdrum, which is growing like crazy). The only problem with living in Shoshone County and commuting to Cd'A is going over 4th of July Pass on I-90, but 90% of the time, the pass is fine to drive over, even in the wintertime.

Here's some information and links on Kellogg and Sandpoint projects:


Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark/Morning Star Lodge in Kellogg
Waterpark opening early 2008
http://www.silvermt.com/


University of Idaho-Sandpoint
$30 million 77 acre university site in Sandpoint
First classes available in fall 2009
1,000 student enrollment within five years of the first classes


Schweitzer Ski Resort expansion near Sandpoint
$50 million expansion to build 2 more chairlifts and more roads to help improve access for future residences on the mountain (Schweitzer will eventually add more than 4,000 housing units to its 7,000 acre private holding---there are fewer than 1,000 housing units currently)
http://www.schweitzer.com/



The Crossing at Willow Bay in Sandpoint
180 acre gated community with yacht club access
http://www.crossingwillowbay.com/home


Dover Bay in Sandpoint
285 acre waterfront community
http://www.doverbayidaho.com/


Seasons at Sandpoint
Private residential resort and spa
http://www.seasonsatsandpoint.com/



Thanks for the info.
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Developers file second Hayden Canyon plan

By MARC STEWART
First proposal for 1,800 homes failed

COEUR d'ALENE -- The controversial Hayden Canyon development is back on the table after a near two-year break with virtually the same proposal as before.

Developers previously withdrew the project after it received strong opposition from residents who felt it was too big for the town and that it would destroy their rural lifestyle. It was unanimously rejected by the planning and zoning commission because it felt it would negatively impact the city.


Glen Lanker, a Coeur d'Alene developer, said Monday the project calls for 616 acres of mostly timberland on the outskirts of Hayden to be transformed into an 1,800-home village. Now all Hayden Canyon Land LLC has to do is convince the city the project is in its residents' best interests -- something they didn't think before.

"The world has changed in lot of aspects and we're going forward," Lanker said "We've resubmitted our annexation application. We hope to have a public hearing this spring."

Lanker said he has been meeting with community leaders to convince them they should support the project. Hayden Canyon Land has updated its original proposal from 2005 and promises to help pay for a portion of a traffic improvement at Lancaster Road and U.S. 95. The company also vows to donate land for schools and fire stations.

Hayden Land Company promises to keep 240 acres of open space, including preserving the canyon and natural streams. Lanker said 10 percent of the homes in the planned unit development will be set aside for "affordable workforce housing."

The project calls for about 100,000 square feet of commercial space, which Lanker said will be designated for local businesses.

It will take between 12 and 15 years to complete all of the development phases. The homes will be clustered together with a ratio of about three homes per acre, Lanker said.

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Here's a story from the Miami Herald about Kellogg:

Former Idaho mining town finds new life as swanky ski resort
Posted on Mon, Jan. 21, 2008
BY NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
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KELLOGG, Idaho -- It may seem an unlikely candidate for the Pacific Northwest's latest vacation hot spot, but this former mining town has survived decades of decline to boom once more.

The once-heavily-polluted mining community -- a massive Superfund site -- seems to have been transformed virtually overnight into a swanky ski resort, Silver Mountain, with newcomers flocking to buy condos and open businesses.

''It was a definite surprise it took off the way it did,'' said Mayor Mac Pooler, a lifelong resident. ``We were hoping something would do that.''

In a place where homes were selling for $30,000 five years ago, brand-new condos costing more than $800,000 are selling as fast as they go on the market. A huge indoor water park is under construction in the ski village. A destination golf course is being built on the edge of the town.

New businesses are sprouting all over the town of 2,000 located in northern Idaho, about an hour east of Spokane, Wash.

Catalyst for much of the growth is Jeld-Wen Communities, the real estate arm of the Jeld-Wen wood products company of Klamath Falls, Ore. The company purchased the Silver Mountain ski resort in 1996 and began making plans to expand.

A key event occurred in 2004, when its first 68 condos were placed on the market and sold out immediately, some for as low as $100,000 as developers were unsure if there would be any demand. A second offering of 110 condos sold out in one day in 2005. The third and final phase of 99 condos sold out in one day late last year.

The latest batch of condos are quite posh, built on a mining theme with lots of stone, exposed beams and light fixtures that reproduce historical photos on the shades. Some cost more than $800,000.

A mile from the ski village, Jeld-Wen is building the 18-hole Galena Ridge golf course that will eventually contain hundreds of residences.

Silver Mountain gets more than 300 inches of snow a year, and while units at the resort's Morning Star Lodge are individually owned as condominiums, many can be rented by visitors for overnight accommodations.

There is nothing unusual about a depleted western mining town turning into a ski resort. Telluride is a good example. But few places seemed less promising than Kellogg.

The site was initially founded in 1885 by prospector Noah Kellogg, whose donkey kicked over a shiny rock and thus triggered a massive silver boom that spread out to cover an entire region that became known as the Silver Valley.

For decades, thousands of underground miners brought home good wages and raised their families in Kellogg and surrounding communities. The mines produced vital materials for World Wars I and II, and Kellogg had more than 3,400 residents.

But the environmental costs were high, with mine tailings polluting water and smokestack emissions decimating surrounding vegetation.

Human costs were also high. In May 1972, fire broke out deep in the Sunshine mine, near Kellogg, trapping 93 miners below the surface. Only two survived.

The next year, a fire at the Bunker Hill smelter damaged the system that removed toxic lead from the smokestack emissions. Gulf Resources, the Texas company that operated the smelter, kept it running anyway, spewing lead into the air.

When health officials began testing the blood of local children in 1974, they found some of the highest lead poisoning levels in the world.

In 1981, the plunging price of silver prompted Bunker Hill to shut down, putting more than 2,000 people out of work and sending the region into a tailspin from which it is only now emerging.

Shoshone County's population fell from 20,000 in 1975 to around 14,000 today. The unemployment rate rose well into double digits.

In 1983, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the town and its immediate surroundings a Superfund site. The stigma hurt, but it triggered tens of millions of dollars for clean up.

Hillsides that had been denuded of trees by poison chemicals were replanted and now are lush again. The ground and water were cleaned up, and land was made safe for human activity.

After Bunker Hill closed, city officials decided that tourism was their best hope for a strong economy, and focused on pumping up business at the modest local ski area, originally called Jackass Ski Bowl, after Kellogg's donkey.

They built a 3.1 mile gondola, billed as the longest in the world, to carry skiers from parking lots near Interstate 90 straight up to the slopes, avoiding a treacherous mountain drive. But the ski area, renamed Silver Mountain, proved too difficult for the city to run and it was sold to Jeld-Wen in 1996.

As a private company, Jeld-Wen does not publicly disclose its finances. Stephen Lane, director of sales for Silver Mountain, said the company's investment in the area is considerable.

That's obvious on a tour.

The 42,000-square foot indoor water park, the only one at a western ski resort, is under construction in the ski village, and is set to open this spring. It will have a surfing machine, a lazy river and slides.

The golf course sprawls across a hillside that used to be covered with toxic mining wastes. It will open with nine holes next year and 18 holes in 2010.

One big selling point in Kellogg is that, relative to the likes of Sun Valley or Vail, condos are still a bargain. And nearby Spokane's good air connections throughout the West make it a relatively short trip for people in Southern California and other places to fly in and then drive an hour to the ski area. Real estate manager Neal Scholey said condo owners hail from 15 states.

The area is also drawing a big boost from the construction of numerous paved biking trails that run for dozens of miles into the scenic mountains, drawing riders from around the world.

Instead of Superfund, the emphasis now is on ''superfun,'' Lane said.

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GOING TO KELLOGG

• Kellogg, Idaho: www.cityofkellogg.com/. Located an hour east of Spokane, Wash., and a half-hour from Coeur d'Alene.

• Silver Mountain Resort: http://silvermt.com/ or 877-230-2193. Lift tickets are $46 for adults, $31 for children. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, spa. (Mountain biking, golf course and fly-fishing other times of year.) Morning Star Lodge condominiums are individually owned but many can be rented on an overnight basis.
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Nice. Kellogg has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Idaho has many fine and beautiful resort towns, and the best part is that we are not snooty about it either! (unlike other states)
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I already posted an Cd'A Press article about this development, but this article from the Spokesman Review has more information...

Hayden to reconsider development
City ready to decide on Hayden Canyon

Erica F. Curless

Two years after it was shot down by Hayden's planning and zoning commission, the 1,800-home Hayden Canyon project is back – but this time, Hayden is better prepared to consider it, a city official says.

During the two-year hiatus of the proposed development, Hayden has revised its growth plan and mapped out plans for sewer expansion, transportation and parks.

The developer, Hayden Canyon Land LLC, submitted a new annexation request in September and has been meeting with city officials and other agencies, such as the school district and highway district. No public hearing is expected until spring.

This time around, Hayden Canyon has new ownership, a premier publicity firm and a near-identical plan that puts more emphasis on affordable housing for working families.

If approved, the annexation would bring the 618-acre site off Lancaster Road into city limits.

Hayden put all annexation requests, including Hayden Canyon, on hold for nearly a year to look at the entire city and its likely growth areas in an effort to manage planning. Key said the delay was critical for the rapidly growing town, where the population could surge to 22,150 people – a 67 percent increase – with just the seven pending annexations at the end of 2006.
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nice to see growth going on some where up here. (moved to Spokane from Phoenix (school)).

Only went to Cd'a once since the move but I liked what I saw and plan on getting there more this summer or early fall
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nice to see growth going on some where up here. (moved to Spokane from Phoenix (school)).

Only went to Cd'a once since the move but I liked what I saw and plan on getting there more this summer or early fall
Yeah, the area continues to grow rapidly (21% over the past 6 years vs. 24.2% for the Phoenix area). I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the changes going on here if you come back for a visit, even if it has only been a year or two since you've been here---a lot has gone on since then. The Parkside tower is just about done and the Riverstone district is being built up rapidly.

Spokane isn't doing too bad either. Slower growth (6.9% over the past 6 years), but it is progressing nonetheless.
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Firm seeks Silver Valley development
By DAVE GOINS

BOISE--A multi-state investment firm has expressed continued interest in acquiring 220 acres for what company officials said could become a $500 million multi-use development project at the defunct Bunker Hill Mine site in Kellogg.

Attero Inc. last year proposed spending $5.6 million to buy and prepare the land for development, according to Kellogg resident Lee Haynes, vice president of the Attero investment group.

Attero, Haynes said, is considering restructuring its offer to obtain the 40 acres of state land at the site of the proposed 220-acre West Highlands Development Project, which would include an eventual "$400 to $500 million buildout."

Potential business segments within the project would include 60 acres for the expansion of Shoshone County's largest employer -- Dave Smith Motors, housing units by Jen-Weld Communities on 40 acres, a 45-acre "regional athletic complex" by the city of Kellogg, and a light industrial/office park.

What's more, according to Attero materials, the project would include: "A new civic center and a hotel in which we propose Attero would become a partner with a major hotelier on the east side of the West Highlands area closest to the ski lifts at Gondola Village."

"We have a list of folks who are very interested in coming here, if we put this thing together," he said. "And they're not mom-and-pop operations. They're quality, light high-tech manufacturing to educational opportunities."

Harwood likened the impact of the potential Attero development to the effect Eagle Crest currently is having at Kellogg with condominiums construction and the pending golf course.

Harwood added: "It would be a real benefit to the Kellogg area, versus having the government sitting there on that piece of property and holding onto it. It would be nice to let it go and let somebody develop that."
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Theme park adds new ride
By LUCY DUKES

COEUR d'ALENE--Silverwood Theme Park is adding the largest, most expensive roller coaster it has ever purchased: A 191-foot steel ride almost twice the height of the park's next highest roller coaster, Tremors.

"It's going to make the Corkscrew look like a tinker toy," said Nancy DiGiammarco, marketing, sales and public relations director for Silverwood.

The ride -- to be named by the public through a contest -- will be assembled this spring. The park plans to open it in July, locating it behind Tremors. No exact date has been set for it to begin taking passengers. It will cost about $4 million, maybe more, including the price of installation.

The giant, two-towered inverted boomerang will pull riders up a 90-degree incline before dropping them 177 feet at speeds of more than 65 mph. Riders will experience the pull of 4.5 positive G forces, according to a press release.

Riders will go through a cobra roll and loop at more than 100 feet in the air.

Upon reaching the second tower, the ride will hoist them again up a 90-degree incline to stare at the sky before they drop backward down the track.

Thirty-two riders can go at once on the one and a half minute ride, which has a capacity of 750 people per hour.

The roller coaster formerly resided at Six Flags Great America near Chicago, under the name Deja Vu. Four of this kind of roller coaster were made by a Dutch company called Vekoma. Norton said Silverwood found out about the opportunity to buy it in November. Six Flags is getting rid of it in the midst of financial trouble.

"It just turned out we had the right spot," he said.

The ride will fill 50 truckloads in the move to Idaho.

DiGiammarco said that adding the roller coaster is "kind of the next leap" in Silverwood's progression. The theme park has become a destination, she said, and the time is right to add the ride --especially with exchange rates favorable to drawing Canadian tourists.

It's difficult to say how many more people the ride will draw, Norton said. Last year the park had 550,000 visitors (the largest amount in the Pacific Northwest).

Silverwood Theme Park has more than 65 rides and attractions, and has maintained a continuous program of expansion and improvements. Its most recent project, at $5 million, doubled Boulder Beach last year.

Other Silverwood plans call for ongoing infrastructure improvements and beautification. Norton said his goal is to make Silverwood approach the famed Butchart Gardens, on Canada's Vancouver Island.
Link: http://www.cdapress.com/articles/200...ews/news02.txt
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I've heard many good things about Silverwood. Isn't it one of the largest theme parks between the coast and Denver?
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I've heard many good things about Silverwood. Isn't it one of the largest theme parks between the coast and Denver?
It's the largest in the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID and MT). And I'm sure it gives The Lagoon in Salt Lake City a run for its money (in terms of rides, not in terms of attendance), but I'm not sure which is bigger. Still, having the largest theme park in an area which includes Seattle, Portland, Boise, Spokane, and other cities is pretty nice...plus they keep expanding!
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It's the largest in the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID and MT). And I'm sure it gives The Lagoon in Salt Lake City a run for its money (in terms of rides, not in terms of attendance), but I'm not sure which is bigger. Still, having the largest theme park in an area which includes Seattle, Portland, Boise, Spokane, and other cities is pretty nice...plus they keep expanding!

I can say that I know a lot of folks here in the Seattle corridor that go to SW for what's is becoming a great outdoor rec. area. I can't say this enough about the Rockies that the one thing you can count on is the weather. Yes, I know these are the trades offs for being in the Seattle area, we "just do it" and if it rains there's got to be a Starbucks near by
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I'm waiting for the Superbowl and kind of bored today and there's not much new activity in the area besides what I have already posted information on, so I figured I'd post some future population projections for the area:

Kootenai County population:
current population=139,558
2025=230,600
[Source: 2007 Kootenai County Draft Comprehensive Plan]

Coeur d'Alene population:
current population=44,073
2025=90,731
[Source: 2008 Coeur d'Alene Parks Dept. Master Plan]

Post Falls population:
current population=25,000
2014=33,759 (current city limits); 47,644 (city limits + area of city impact)
2021=47,503 (current city limits); 67,040 (city limits + area of city impact)
2028=66,841 (current city limits); 94,333 (city limits + area of city impact)
[Source: 2007 Post Falls growth analysis]

Hayden population:
current population=13,000 (22,150 if 7 pending annexation requests are approved)

Rathdrum population:
current population=7,000
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Man, that area is going to be crowded in a little over a decade- hope they think ahead and get a decent transit system going. Maybe it will spur a little more vertical development? In all reality the layout of Kootenai County will cause PF, CDA, Hayden, and Rathdrum to function as one city of what... almost 250,000 people?
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Man, that area is going to be crowded in a little over a decade- hope they think ahead and get a decent transit system going. Maybe it will spur a little more vertical development? In all reality the layout of Kootenai County will cause PF, CDA, Hayden, and Rathdrum to function as one city of what... almost 250,000 people?
I think we'll be ok. The do have the bus system up and running and there are plans to add more routes and acquire more buses in the near future. You actually see buses around town these days---ridership is up significantly over the past year or so---it is now averaging around 20,000 riders/month. With more buses, more routes, and more publicity, ridership will continue to increase. There are also many major expansion projects planned for our interstate, highways, and arterials. Add to that trolley service downtown and (cross your fingers) light rail service to Spokane (hopefully within the next 20 years) and we should have a decent transportation system up and running.

Yes, I do hope we'll get more vertical development as well. Attitudes are slowly changing here, and with the continuing influx of people, there will be a need to densify...
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Almost 11 feet of snow in CD'A city limits so far this winter!

http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/s....96bc9e72.html


COEUR D'ALENE -- Residents have good reason to be fed up with snow in this north Idaho resort town.

Snowfall for the winter hit 127 inches as of Tuesday night, beating the old mark of 124.2 inches set in the winter of 1915-16, and the National Weather Service is predicting as much as another half-foot or so by nightfall Thursday.


Thirty miles to the west, the much larger city of Spokane, Wash., has gotten off relatively light with about 70 inches, well shy of the record 93.5 inches in 1949-50.
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