COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — A public hearing for a proposed annexation and development agreement on land on the western city limits of Coeur d'Alene is scheduled Tuesday to go before the City Council.
A large crowd is expected, as reported by KREM 2 News partner the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press.
The Kootenai County Land Company is planning Coeur Terre, which calls for about 2,000 housing units, businesses, shops and restaurants, 18 acres of parks, 4 miles of trails and land for two public schools.
The property is north of Interstate 90 and West Woodside Avenue, south of the future West Hanley Avenue extension, east of North Huetter Road and west of North Buckskin Road, Lancaster Road, North Arthur Street and West Industrial Loop.
The subject property is vacant, except for a large water tower owned by the city on a leased parcel in the northeast corner.
The land is currently zoned agriculture-suburban. The request is for it to be incorporated to city limits with a mix of residential and commercial zoning designations.
The proposed 442-acre annexation and zoning change received unanimous approval from the Coeur d’Alene Planning Commission in October.
Buildout is expected to be over 20 to 30 years. The entire project is more than 1,000 acres and could eventually have about 4,500 residences. The remaining acreage sits within Post Falls city limits.
Coeur Terre is estimated to provide 900 new jobs, generate $4.5 million in property and sales tax revenues and will be a total $2.5 billion investment over buildout.
Neighboring Indian Meadows stands to be affected for Coeur Terre. Appaloosa Road, along with Arrowhead Road to the north, could become connector roads to and from Coeur Terre, providing entry and exit points.
Residents of Indians Meadows believe the dramatic increase in traffic would change their lifestyle, described as peaceful and quiet. They have, for months, been sharing concerns with the City Council during public comments.
The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Coeur d'Alene Library Community Room.
Council members could make a decision that night, or table it.
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