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Virtual hearing tonight on projects

| July 16, 2020 1:00 AM

RLM eyes facility to be hub of north campus

A virtual public hearing on a project proposed by Kootenai County’s largest church is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Real Life Ministries, which has its main campus in Post Falls, a church in Coeur d’Alene and holds services at Timberlake High School in Spirit Lake, is seeking a conditional use permit to “establish a Place of Assembly and Worship on the western 9.8 acres of a 19.61 acre parcel in the Rural Zone.”

“The phased development of the Real campus on the Rural zoned property, making use of the existing natural surroundings to promote a positive relational environment for those in attendance,” says a statement on the conditional permit application.

The property is off Highway 54 between Athol and Spirit Lake, about 3.5 miles west of Athol. Access to the proposed facility will be via a new access approach from State Highway 54.

The number of occupants will fluctuate throughout the day as multiple types of activities take place, according to the county’s hearing agenda. The project will be completed in phases. Phase I will consist of a 19,600-square-foot auditorium facility with room for expansion and provide space for worship, education and fellowship.

“This facility will be the hub for the Real Life Ministries North Campus,” the project description reads.

Phase II will consist of a youth/adult sports facility that will be 19,600 square feet and sports fields with design details undetermined at this time.

Future additions may include a storage structure, outdoor pavilion, outdoor stage, thrift store and food bank.

“The Applicant intends to install a new well on-site, and construct the water system improvements necessary to support the domestic and irrigation needs of this facility,” it reads. “The on-site water system will also be utilized for the proposed fire suppression system. Effluent discharge will be treated via an approved on-site septic and drainfield system.”

Faceless Cedar, LLC is seeking a conditional use permit to establish a place of assembly to hold weddings, anniversary celebrations, reunions, corporate meetings and fundraisers on approximately 47 acres in a rural zone.

The property is south of the intersection of Burma Road and Carlin Bay Road. Access to the subject parcel is from South Carlin Bay Road.

There is an existing 3,100-square-foot log cabin and a 1,600-square-foot shop located on-site. These structures will not be utilized as part of the requested operation.

The applicant intends to construct a single raised-isle barn event center ranging from 5,600 to 6,300 square feet to hold the aforementioned events.

“This structure will consist of two stories with an indoor dining area, dancing area, stage, restroom facilities, bride and groom dressing rooms, bar and catering area,” reads the project description.

There will be no cooking facilities in the event center, only a serving center and food preparation area for caterers. Furthermore, there will be an outdoor amphitheater of about 6,000 square feet next to the proposed event center. The maximum number of attendees will be limited to 300 people.

The event center septic system will be designed to treat effluent discharge for as many as 225 individuals. However, if the number of attendees will be greater than 225, additional temporary porta-potties will be brought on-site. Domestic water will be provided via one of the two existing wells on-site.

The event center will be open from April through October with two to three events per week, mostly on the weekends. The hours of operation will be from midmorning to 11 p.m.