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County approves new split within Lewis & Clark Resort

No change to road access or water service easements planned

Idaho County Courthouse

Photo by David Rauzi
Idaho County Courthouse

— The Idaho County Commission approved Kamiah Valley Company agent Craig Sloat’s request to draw new property lines by which the Lewis & Clark Resort will separate its water system from the rest of its operation for insurance purposes. The board’s approval was conditioned on the company hiring a surveyor to write the main split as three parcel descriptions, which the county assessor requested during the variance hearing Jan. 23.

Afterward, the county commissioners remarked on how smoothly the hearing went and highlighted the effectiveness of neighbors talking to each other about problems for the purpose of resolving differences.

Public testimony during the hearing focused on concerns neighbors raised, which Sloat addressed by assuring them there will be no change to road access or water service easements. He told the commission one neighboring subdivision, Pines 2, has a homeowners association which sent a letter of support, and noted Pines 1 has no HOA.

At issue was whether or not the county commission would allow the land involved with a series of water pumps and cisterns to be legally separated from the company’s main tract in the area, which would involve establishing new property lines within an area that has already been subdivided enough to trigger the county’s subdivision ordinance.

Sloat told the board the company’s insurance provider had informed him it would not cover the water system without a rate hike.

The Lewis & Clark Resort, which features motel, cabin, RV and camping accommodations, is located between Kamiah and Kooskia along U.S. Highway 12: as the crow flies, about 1.5 miles from downtown Kamiah and less than 5 miles from downtown Kooskia.


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