The Planning Department staff provides assistance to a seven-member, volunteer appointed Planning and Zoning Commission (referred to as the Commission). The Commission is comprised of county residents appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and represents the three Board voting districts. Commission members serve a minimum three-year appointment and include residents from Priest River, Sandpoint, and Sagle.
The Commission generally meets on the first and third Thursday evening of each month to conduct public hearings on land-use projects and public workshops on ordinance amendments or comprehensive planning efforts. Notices of public hearings are published in the Bonner County Daily Bee at least 15 days prior to each public hearing.