To increase the availability and affordability of housing for local workers.
For a number of years, regional planning professionals have shared resources and been in communication about growth management, housing, transportation and have worked together on related planning issues. The year 2020 brought heightened concerns as in-migration numbers and housing prices spiked. In response, creation of a more formal group was spearheaded by Coeur d’Alene Council Member Kiki Miller and Community Planning Director Hilary Patterson.
Kootenai County, the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization and the cities of Post Falls, Hayden and Rathdrum joined to form the original work group. They named the group the Regional Housing and Growth Issues Partnership.
In 2023, the partnership merged with Connect Kootenai, a nonprofit formed to create a better future for the people of Kootenai County. Connect Kootenai on Housing & Growth is one of the nonprofit's focus areas.
Connect Kootenai on Housing & Growth has a Working Group and an Advisory Group. The Working Group includes regional planners, along with elected representatives and administrators. The Advisory Group is comprised of representatives from a variety of organizations and community groups.
City of Coeur d’Alene:
Council Member Kiki Miller
Hilary Patterson, Community Planning Director
Sean Holm, Senior Planner
City of Hayden:
Brett Boyer, City Administrator
Donna Phillips, Community Development Director
Zach Trevino, Senior Planner
Ed DePriest, City Council
City of Post Falls:
Robert Seale, Community Development Director
Jon Manley, Planning Manager
David Callahan, Community Development Director
Brooke Sausser, Community Development
Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO):
Glenn Miles, Executive Director
Ali Marienau, Senior Transportation Planner
City of Rathdrum:
Council Member Steven Adams
Leon Duce, City Administrator
Meagan Hayes, City Planner/Planning and Zoning Administrator
James Agidius, Enforcement/Assistant Planner
Rory Crockett, Associate Planner
Pending Invitation Response:
CIty of Athol
City of Hauser
City of Spirit Lake
Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho:
HomeShare Kootenai County:
Carrie Ward, Executive Director
Pam Houser, President
Panhandle Affordable Housing Alliance:
Rand Wichman Planning, LLC:
Rand Wichman, Municipal-Contracted Planner
United Way of North Idaho/ALICE Task Force:
Welch Comer Engineers: