Overview:

The Trust for Public Land worked with Idaho Conservation League, the planning departments of the City of Ponderay and the City of Sandpoint, and the Kaniksu Land Trust to coordinate the Greater Sandpoint greenprint process. Hundreds of residents participated in a community survey in the fall of 2014, and many others were reached through speak-outs at local events. In addition, community members, representing a range of organizations and interests, participated in steering committee meetings held throughout 2015.

The goals of the greenprint, as determined through the community survey and outreach events, are to: (1) maintain water quality, (2) provide recreation, (3) protect wildlife habitat, and (4) preserve working lands. Greenprinting tools identify local priorities and help guide future investments in trails, parks, and open spaces to assist the region in planning for growth, while retaining the livability and scenic character that make Sandpoint such a special place to live and visit.

Disclaimer/Explanation for Web Tool and Parcel Reports:

Parcel reports are not publicly available through this website in order to protect landowner privacy. You can obtain parcel reports through the Sandpoint Planning Department, which can be reached at 208-263-3370. This Greenprint analysis is not regulatory. It is not an official land use plan nor is it related to zoning or other ordinances. Above all, Greenprint partners value private property rights. The prioritization shown here is based on input from the local community. It is intended to help the community make the best use of limited conservation dollars. See the full Greenprint report for more detail. Data from the Greenprint can be used to guide strategic decisions for land trusts and help localities prioritize support for voluntary conservation projects. Parcel-level data are provided in order to help local groups work with willing landowners to develop win-win approaches for protecting the resources that are most important to local residents.

Overview of Public Participation

Hundreds of local community members provided input for the Greenprint and participated in steering committee meetings. Over 560 people participated in a community survey for the Greater Sandpoint Greenprint and the Bonner County Trails Plan in the fall of 2014. Because it appeared that rural residents may be underrepresented, the steering committee asked The Trust for Public Land to weight results so that protecting working lands, a larger concern for rural residents, would be included as one of the primary Greenprint goals. Speak out events (interactive tabling) were held at the Sandpoint Farmers' Market, Oktoberfest, Angels and Nordic events, multiple ski swaps, Toast the Trail, Hope Memorial, Panhandle Bank, and the Sandpoint Film Festival. Over 400 people participated in poster activities at these speak outs. Forty-six community members, representing a range of organizations and interests, participated in at least one of the four Greenprint steering committee meetings held in January, May, July, and October 2015. Steering committee participants included rural community members representing working lands perspectives.