There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the Whitman County Planning Commission Wednesday, November 2, at 7:00 PM in the Public Service Building Auditorium, 310 N. Main, Colfax. The commission is expected vote on the draft Whitman County Agricultural Zoning Ordinance.
According to last Thursday's Whitman County Gazette, the proposed 750-foot limit for homes at an average slope greater than 2 percent from the centerline of any improved county road and 1,600 feet for lesser grades was dropped by the Whitman County Planning Commission. The other restrictions remain in place. The Planning Commission continues to assert that these other restrictions will not not be onerous and most residents will not have a problem meeting them.
The vote is non-binding and it it is up to the Whitman County Commissioners to adopt an ordinance. To this end, a petition to the commissioners has been circulating in the county asking them to drop the proposed revisions. A link to the online petition can be found to the right. As I write this, the online petition has 50 signatures, many of them from readers of this blog. Way to go guys! The Whitman County Gazette reported that 45 signatures had been obtained at Tick Klock Drug in Colfax. Other petitions are circulating throughout the county.
Mysteriously, Whitman County Commissioner Greg Partch told Brenda Dillard, one of the petition coordinators, that signatures from people "most affected" would carry more weight. That's funny, because EVERYONE in the county is affected by the proposed ordinance, as it directly affects the cost of housing EVERYWHERE in Whitman County, including Pullman.