Sandpoint Comprehensive Plan Update

"Imagining Our Future"



Visit our Tent at the K-9 Keg Pull at 3rd and Cedar - Sunday, February 23 10AM-3PM

Community Choices Workshops at City Hall -Tuesday, February 25 10AM-2PM OR 5:30-7:00PM

Multimodal Information Tent at Schweitzer Village - Thursday, February 27 11AM-1PM

Thanks to everyone who participated in the series of weekly surveys!

Airport Workshop

Airport Plan Component Adopted!

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback for the update to the Airport Comprehensive Plan Component and subsequent implementation strategies.

At their meeting on Dec. 18th, 2019, the Sandpoint City Council Adopted a new Public Airport Facilities Chapter (Chapter 13) and associated future land use map amendments. The revisions have been incorporated into the current Comprehensive plan.

There is more work to be done, however! Please stay tuned for more opportunities to be involved on a variety of planning and visioning topics, including transportation, economic development, housing and more!

Why Should You Be Involved?

A Comprehensive Plan is the legal basis for major decisions such as zoning regulations*, answering questions such as:

Where should different housing types be allowed?

Where should a grocery store go? How about a car dealership?

What is most valued about Sandpoint?

What are the major concerns for the future of Sandpoint?

*Zoning Regulations determine for an area what uses are allowed and by what standards such as height limits, setbacks and design standards.

A 20 year vision by and for the community, a comprehensive plan guides major decisions such as where and how the city may grow.

"If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there." -Yogi Berra

Why Do We Need Another Plan?

1. State Law Requires It!

2. Sets the stage for what can be built where

3. Development decisions are not "on the fly" but made in the context of a broader vision by the community

4. Provides a degree of predictably for property owners, businesses, and residents

Many Pieces

Many elements make up a Comprehensive Plan including (but not limited to):

Population / Demographics

Housing & Community Design




Special areas or sites

Public Airports and other Public Facilities

Natural Resources and Hazardous Areas

Specific Master Plans (Transportation / Parks / Utilities, etc.)

Many Voices

For a Comprehensive Plan to be successful it takes extensive public involvement!

Stay tuned for upcoming events, meetings, surveys, listening sessions and more!

What is the Overall Timing for this Effort?

Overall Timing


Contract Awarded By City Council to Consultant Logan Simpson - September 18th, 2019 (completed)

Kick-off Community Meeting - October 24th, 2019 (completed)

Airport Technical Meeting - October 25th, 2019 (completed)

Airport Board Meeting Comp Plan Kick-Off - October 28th, 2019 (completed)

Online Questionnaire #1 Launched - Week of Oct 28th, 2019 (launched)

Planning Commission Review of Airport Technical Components - November 5th, 2019, 5:30pm (completed)

Airport Planning All-Day Drop In - November 14th, 2019 (completed)

Community Meeting #2 - November 14th, 2019 (completed)

Planning Commission Review of Draft Airport Goals, Policies & strategies - November 19th, 2019 (completed)

Questionnaire #2 - December, 2019

Planning Commission/City Council Joint Workshop on Airport Component & Zoning Amendments - December 4th, 2019 (completed)

Planning Commission Public Hearing on Airport Component & Zoning Amendments with Recommendation to City Council - Dec. 10th, 2019 (completed)

City Council Adoption of Airport Comprehensive Plan Component & Zoning Amendments (pending Commission Recommendation) - Dec. 18th, 2019 (completed)

Interviews - Ongoing

Meetings / Surveys / Events / Focus Group Meetings - Ongoing

Full Comprehensive Plan Update Adopted - September, 2020