A bill introduced to the Idaho Legislature would change how cities grow.
Rep. Terry Gestrin, R-Donnelly, sponsored HB 643, which would exempt certain pieces of land from planning and zoning regulations.
The bill would remove all requirements for subdividing land that is 80 acres or larger into smaller lots of 20 acres or more. This would allow land to be split and sold without further review.
Valley Co. vote
A little over a week ago, Valley County Commissioners voted that every land split needed to be reviewed before approval. Commissioner Sherry Maupin said the main reason they voted to do this was the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, changed verbiage in its regulations.
Prior to the vote, parcels that were 20 acres or larger did not require approval for a split.
“FEMA regulations state all splits need to be reviewed for floodplain issues and so in order not to get sideways with FEMA, we do need to make sure that we’re looking at all of those for floodplain issues,” Maupin said.
Maupin said she “absolutely” opposes this bill.
“I totally believe in local control. This takes local control out of the hands of the county in order to plan around the future,” Maupin said. “So I’m absolutely against this bill. And anything that takes control out of our hands for planning tools.”
A February lobbyist report form shows that Suzanne Budge, a registered lobbyist for the Wilks Brothers, listed HB 643 as a bill she was working on.