Citadel Location: Benewah County
It has been announced that a possible location for the III Citadel may be in Benewah County, Idaho.
A few tidbits about Benewah County: The largest city is St Maries and on the ground intel suggests that the city of St Maries may not want to change much, but that the politicians and population at the County level are hungry for economic development.
Total number of Households: 4,677
Total Population: 9,200
Population under 18: 23% of total
Population over 65: 19% of total
County Governance: 3 County Commisssioners are empowered to write/change the laws in the County.
Building Regulations: In the County of Benewah - Building codes do exist, but they are reasonable. You may build a Mosque with a pigpen inside, if you wish. You may build right up to your property line. You may put a lemonade stand next to the Mosque and a Home Depot right next to your yurt. You may build a 12th century castle with a moat (I asked). As long as your structure is not anchored into the ground (portable, like a shed) you don't need to tell anyone, anything. If your structure is anchored with a foundation, permits and codes from the 2007 BOCA are the governing rules.
In the "Ordinances" of the County, there are rules for lot sizes and multi-family units that I have not yet had clarified - I can't even find them as of this moment.
The County has rugged mountains and it has large tracts of land that are working ranches and farms. I have walked the ground on one mountain, and you'll simply have to accept my word for it at the moment, the terrain favors the defender.
You are all smart people. Your brain has already connected many dots.
The County wants to grow. The Citadel will bring at least 9-12 businesses with national reach, nearly double the number of households and will probably double the population of the County. That all means tax revenue and lower unemployment, things that politicians (County Commissioners) like during campaigns.
If the people who support the Citadel concept approach the County of Benewah with respect, it is very, very possible that the Citizens and politicians of Benewah may not only welcome us to their beautiful piece of America, but help us by, as Bonnie Gadsden so aptly stated, helping us pull the rope so we can build what we want and live as we wish.
Let's make friends in Benewah, and our courtesy may just earn us a town among them.