Sand Creek Public Workshop Happening Today


SANDPOINT — This workbench comes with a view.

Sandpoint City Council is participating in a public workshop at 4:30 p.m. today, February 16, to discuss several proposed changes to the code. The changes would affect setbacks along Sand Creek in commercial areas.

The workshop will be held along Sand Creek at Gunning’s Alley/Farmin’s Landing in downtown Sandpoint, Sandpoint Town Administrator Jennifer Stapleton said. The workshop will last until 5:15 p.m. to allow time for Council and the public to arrive at City Hall for the regular Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Council will decide whether to schedule a public hearing on the Sand Creek Amendments at the council meeting.

The proposed code changes would apply to all public and private properties in commercial areas along Sand Creek, Stapleton said.

Additionally, the change retains the 25-foot setback from the city for all buildings and clarifies the applicable definitions and locations for the two types of high water marks.

Although the proposed amendments allow the encroachment of structures such as retaining walls into the buffer zone with a conditional use permit, buildings would not be permitted, Stapleton said. These structures should comply with all applicable state and federation regulations.

In addition, the proposed changes provide insight into the city’s interrelated regulations regarding flood management/control and stormwater management, as well as the details required for the city’s notification to applicable federal and state agencies for any construction along Sand Creek, including consideration of best practice feedback. and guidelines.

The changes were made following the planned implementation of the Farmin’s Landing project, which is part of the city’s parks and recreation master plan. The amendment helps resolve conflicts that have come to light during this process, city officials said in a staff report on the proposed amendment.

The full text of the proposed code changes and staff report are available online at


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