Greater Sandpoint Greenprint
Greater Sandpoint in Bonner County, Idaho, offers beautiful scenery, rich natural resources, exceptional recreation opportunities, and unique access to arts and culture. While increasing numbers of tourists and new residents are helping grow the local economy, the communities of Greater Sandpoint want to encourage sustainable economic development and retain the livability and spectacular scenery that make it such a special place. This all depends on protecting the small-town character and natural and recreational resources that are essential to the local quality of life.
The Trust for Public Land worked with Idaho Conservation League, the planning departments of the City of Ponderay and the City of Sandpoint, and the Kaniksu Land Trust to coordinate the Greater Sandpoint greenprint process. Hundreds of residents participated in a community survey in the fall of 2014, and many others were reached through speak-outs at local events. In addition, community members, representing a range of organizations and interests, participated in steering committee meetings held throughout 2015.
The goals of the greenprint, as determined through the community survey and outreach events, are to: (1) maintain water quality, (2) provide recreation, (3) protect wildlife habitat, and (4) preserve working lands. Greenprinting tools identify local priorities and help guide future investments in trails, parks, and open spaces to assist the region in planning for growth, while retaining the livability and scenic character that make Sandpoint such a special place to live and visit.