Comprehensive Planning

If you are a resident or property owner in the Bellevue Triangle & Foothills subarea, please help us by taking this 15 question survey. 

THANK YOU for telling us about your ideas and concerns for land use in your neighborhood!

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* 1. What is important to you about living in the Bellevue Triangle and Foothills area?

  Low importance Slightly important Neutral Moderately important Very important
Access to outdoor recreation
Close to family
Sense of community
Natural beauty
Rural/agricultural landscape

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* 2. What changes in your neighborhood over the last 5 to 10 years are you most proud of, and why?

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* 3. What changes in your neighborhood concern you the most, and why?

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* 4. Picabo and Gannett are unincorporated towns. How would you like to see these towns develop in the future?

  Strongly disagree Somewhat disagree Neutral Somewhat agree Strongly agree
Encourage tourism in this area of the county by allowing additional tourist-related uses in these towns.
Extend similar zoning adjacent to the towns. (Existing zoning in Gannett: medium-density residential and 1 lot commercial. Picabo: medium-density residential, commercial, light industrial.)
Residential expansion only.
No expansion of the town or uses.

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* 5. Blaine County has a voluntary Transfer of Development Rights program intended to steer development closer to population centers. Should certain south county resources in identified areas be protected in exchange for more compact development in areas closer to the incorporated cities?

  Not important to protect Slightly important to protect Neutral Important to protect Very important to protect
Productive agriculture
Open space/scenic vistas
Natural resources such as wetlands, spring creeks
Wildlife habitat and critical areas

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* 6. Housing is a national and local challenge. What types of affordable housing would you support in your area?

  Strongly oppose Somewhat oppose Neutral Somewhat favor Strongly favor
Accessory dwelling units (sometimes called "mother-in-law apartments")
Mobile/manufactured home community
Pocket areas of smaller lots
Pocket areas of multi-family lots
Employee housing in agricultural and light industrial districts
New trends in housing - e.g. tiny houses, modular units

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* 7. The county's Heavy Industrial zoning district is primarily used for gravel extraction, which is an extremely valuable commodity. The district also allows such uses as asphalt plants, concrete batch plants, contractors' storage yards, processing of ag products, truck terminals, and similar. If the Heavy Industrial district was to be expanded, what would be the primary public considerations?

  Not important Slightly important Neutral Quite important Very important
Distance from residential uses.
Distance from agricultural uses.
Distance from and access to a state or federal highway.
Distance from sensitive land areas and waterways.

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* 8. Camping, including some RV sites, relatively close to the cities has been identified as a need. Where do you think would be a good place for this use?

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* 9. Many outlying areas of Blaine County are rural in nature. In an "ideal" rural landscape, how important is it to have the following elements?

  Low importance Slightly important Neutral Moderately important Very important
Houses spread apart
Non-farm buildings do not dominate the landscape
Farm fields and gardens
Livestock and grazing
Power lines and wooden power poles
Farm-style fences
Narrow roads
Forests
Sagebrush hills
Birds and wildlife
Local artifacts (old signs, chainsaw bears, etc.)
Residential development
Commercial areas

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* 10. imageThe two simple drawings above show alternative ways of developing land. (The same concept can be used for much larger parcels.) "A" has large lots and plenty of space around each house. "B" has smaller lots, each with access to preserved open space with a stream, woods and hillside. Please indicate your impressions of each.

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* 11. Sustainability is a popular theme in land use planning. A frequently quoted definition of sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” What does "sustainable land use" mean to you?

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* 12. Please tell us a little about yourself...
What year were you born?

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* 13. Approximately how far from Bellevue do you live/own property?

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* 14. Please describe your residency.

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* 15. How many years have you lived (even part-time) in the Bellevue Triangle area?

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