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Bill Providing for Notice of Proposed Development to Irrigation Entities Passes House & Senate

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, March 16, 2018

Legislation that would require cities and counties to provide notice of development applications to irrigation entities upon request has passed the House and Senate and now goes to the Governor’s office for signature.

Senate Bill 1306 would require cities and counties considering a subdivision or other site-specific development application to provide written notice by mail (or e-mail by mutual agreement) to all irrigation districts, ground water districts, Carey Act Operating Companies, nonprofit irrigation entities, lateral ditch associations and drainage districts that have requested, in writing, to receive notice.  The notice must be provided at least 15 days before the public hearing. 

The bill was the result of a cooperative effort between AIC, the Idaho Farm Bureau and the Idaho Water Users Association.  Agricultural and water interests have expressed concerns that development along ditches and canals can impact these facilities and desired to have notice that would allow them to ensure that their facilities would not be negatively affected by proposed development.

If SB 1306 is signed by the Governor, it will take effect July 1, 2018.

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