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AREA OF IMPACT 5-27-14 LMS

Lemhi County Building Administrator Gary Goodman told the Lemhi County Commissioners Tuesday, May 27, that public discussions about the Area of Impact have smoothed out since an informative Voice of the Valley radio presentation.

The County Planning and Zoning Board has been inviting the public to tell its members what residents want to see regarding the transition areas between city and county boundaries. Goodman said the opportunity to explain exactly what it is P & Z is attempting to do has helped a great deal to dispel many of the erroneous rumors.

He said the majority of public response is in favor of leaving the area as it is. Goodman said that over the years the city has grown beyond the designated area of impact in a few places so those areas have been extended. He said the area that P&Z is presently working on is only slightly larger than the current one. It surrounds the city and features more industrial area than previously. The Area of Impact basically follows the highway corridor along Highway 93 North to the vicinity of the Jehovah Witness Church. The area goes east of town to the Thomas Subdivision and cuts across Miller Lane which is one place where the city has grown beyond the current area of city impact. Goodman said there is a mixture of commercial and residential going out Highway 28. South of town the Area of Impact goes to the vicinity of Roy Hoffman’s property on Highway 93.

Goodman expects a public hearing date will be set for July on the P& Z proposed Area of Impact revisions.

Commissioner Chairman Rick Snyder said he would like to see the county’s Comprehensive Plan updated. It has been several years since it was totally redone and everyone vowed to not let it go without timely updates in the future. Goodman said the state has added some new requirements which should be included. It was decided that since updates will be comparatively easy the work can be done in-house rather than having to hire an outside firm.


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