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Please Contact Members of the House to OPPOSE House Bill 127 That Would Make County Planning Optional

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 1, 2019

Since 1975 The Local Land-Use Planning Act has required Idaho's counties and cities to develop a comprehensive plan, plan for capital improvements and establish zoning and subdivision requirements. House Bill 127 proposes to make that responsibility optional for Idaho’s counties. HB 127 is opposed by AIC, the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and the Idaho Association of Realtors.

Among the results these organizations wish to avoid are the following:

  • Radical Inconsistency:  Ada County (population 421,000) and Canyon County (population 196,000) would have no planning responsibilities while Murtaugh (population 117) and Midvale (population 165) (just to name a couple) would be responsible to carry out the requirements of this long-standing statute.
  • Exact Opposite of Conservative Policy: Planning should precede expenditures of public funds. Claims that unplanned public facilities and public spending will save money are inaccurate.
  • Citizen Participation Would Not Be Assured:  The Local Land Use Planning Act assures residents an opportunity to be heard regarding the surroundings of their homes and businesses.  Current requirements have been the law for nearly one half of a century.
  • Inconsistent Standards and Weakened Communication Between Counties and Cities:  Required cooperation assures communication between counties and cities. Standards are regularly coordinated in order to avoid future public expenditures to remedy substandard wastewater services, fire protection, and water systems that are essential in a thriving modern economy. Cooperation fosters economic activity and government efficiency.
  • A Complex World Without Planning:  What is it about the complex issues that local governments must face that would recommend that planning be abandoned?

We urge city officials to contact members of the House and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 127.  You can find a list of House members here.  You can find out who is your legislative representative is here.

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