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The implementation element is the final step in the comprehensive planning process. This element suggests and sets forth the strategies for the implementation of the goals and policies of each element of the Nez Perce County Comprehensive Plan. Implementation of the goals and policies of this plan can be through several methods that may include citizen involvement, land use regulations, specialized studies, and cooperative efforts with city, state, tribal and federal agencies.


"An informed public is essential to the organization of planning, as well as to the effectuation and activiation of plans. Any type of planning activity attempted in a vacuum will in all probability fail."

- The Citizen's Guide to Planning

Land use planning and zoning in Nez Perce County is a community driven process. Nez Perce County recognizes that the accomplishment of the goals and policies of this comprehensive plan depends upon the involvement and support of its citizens.

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Nez Perce County should actively seek the assistance of interested citizens, private interest groups and businesses when amending ordinances to ensure that regulations are comprehensive, fair and effective.

The county has identified the following areas where continued citizen involvement is needed.

  • Establish a committee to develop rural design standards.
  • Establish a committee to review road maintenance and development programs.
  • Encourage the planning and zoning commission to educate the public concerning county planning and zoning efforts.
  • Encourage and assist the local media to cover planning and zoning concerns more thoroughly.
  • The Planning and Zoning Commission and Nez Perce County Board of Commissioners should continue to hold meetings in areas outside of the City of Lewiston.


The policies of the comprehensive plan establish a framework for the zoning and subdivision ordinances, and the zoning map. The ordinances establish the conditions under which land may be used and the future development pattern of Nez Perce County. Idaho State law requires that all zoning districts and standards be in accordance with the adopted comprehensive plan.

Nez Perce County should consider specific changes and additions to current county regulations in order to achieve the long term goals and policies identified in the Nez Perce County Comprehensive Plan. These additional regulations and amendments must be developed and administered with fairness and consistency. The comprehensive plan advises that the following land use concerns be addressed in county ordinances and standards.

  • Home Occupations
  • Telecommunications
  • Rural Design Standards
  • Neighborhood Commercial Uses
  • Cluster Subdivision Design
  • Performance Based Standards
  • Special regulations for development in floodplain areas
  • Development standards specific to landslide areas
  • Access management for roadways


The development of the comprehensive plan's goals and policies suggest that further detailed study is necessary prior to county action. The recommended study areas are as follows:

Needs Assessment:

  • Identify and delineate prime and non-prime agricultural land to determine suitability for land uses.
  • A multi-modal transportation planning effort should be undertaken to increase the scope, efficiency and safety of the county's transportation system.
  • Develop an inventory of historical and cultural sites to use in the development review process.
  • Assist in airport master planning efforts.
  • Identify and assess recreational resources.
  • Identify, assess and map existing and potential landslide areas.
  • Identify critical watersheds and water storage basins.
  • Identify and map wildlife habitat areas in cooperation with Idaho Fish and Game.

Fiscal Considerations:

  • Develop measures to ensure that developments pay the costs of expanding public services to serve them.
  • Identify and seek federal, state and private funds to acquire ecologically, culturally and historically significant sites for public access or protection.
  • Develop a Capital Improvement Plan (C.I.P) for county road maintenance and development.
  • Encourage programs that promote affordable housing.
  • Assist in supporting public transportation programs.
  • Promote business expansion.

Maintenance Considerations:

  • Monitor population change annually and update population forecasts at a minimum of two-year to five-year intervals.


The governance over the many activities that occur in Nez Perce County is the responsibility of numerous public and private entities. Cooperation among these entities is imperative to avoiding duplication of service, filling inadequacies, and avoiding conflict. These efforts include:


  • Coordinate planning and review with the Nez Perce Tribe, incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and adjoining county entities to assure compatible regional land use; utilize cooperative agreements as necessary.


  • Coordinate highway concerns with the Planning and Zoning Commission in cooperation with the County Road Department.
  • Coordinate transportation planning with local governments and private industry.
  • Coordinate with the Port of Lewiston regarding water transport needs and concerns.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with city, adjoining county, and state agencies regarding highway transportation issues.
  • Cooperate with the City of Lewiston to provide planning for the airport.

Health and Safety:

  • Promote crime prevention and community policing programs.
  • Support rural fire districts.
  • Ensure safe housing opportunities within the county.

Natural Resources:

  • Encourage and promote procedures for cooperative management of ground, surface and recharge water.
  • Coordinate with local, state, tribal and federal agencies regarding management of environmental hazards (landfills, hazardous waste, air pollutants, noise pollutants, natural disasters, and human caused disasters).
  • Encourage tribal, state and federal management agencies to coordinate management plans with Nez Perce County.
  • Coordinate with local, state, tribal and federal agencies regarding wildlife habitat inventory and management efforts.


  • Cooperate with school districts.
  • Coordinate residential development with affected school districts.
  • Educate county officials, city officials, volunteers and citizens on the merits of long-range planning.


  • Coordinate and support city recreational programs.
  • Cooperate with state and federal agencies concerning recreational resources.
  • Encourage multiple-use concepts for public lands.

Economic Development:

  • Cooperate with Valley Vision, the Tribe, Idaho Department of Commerce, the chambers of commerce, and the Clearwater Economic Development Association in efforts to maintain and improve Nez Perce County's economy.


Regular review of the comprehensive plan is essential to maintaining its currency and usefulness. The recommendations within the comprehensive plan should not be interpreted as fixed commitments, but rather as a reflection of the best foreseeable direction at a given point in time. It is recommended that a timely review of the plan be conducted to update and/or reaffirm the plan to fit changing circumstances as well as unforeseen planning concerns and opportunities. Citizens will be involved in this update process.

The Local Planning Act of 1975 provides for amendment to the comprehensive plan. The Nez Perce County Board of Commissioners or any group or individual may petition the planning and zoning commission for a plan amendment at any time. On its own initiative, the planning and zoning commission, may initiate an amendment to the comprehensive plan. However, the planning and zoning commission may recommend amendments to the comprehensive plan to the Nez Perce County Board of Commissioners not more frequently than every six months.


Planning & Building
Office Location
Brammer Building
1225 Idaho Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 896
Lewiston, ID 83501



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Building Official

Kile Allen

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Cody Lorentz

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Planning & Zoning

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Frank Dillon

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Shawn Wentworth


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