Land Board, stung by a district court decision making it subject to
local land-use laws, could ask the Idaho Legislature to give it an
successful appeal to a higher court, an exemption is clearly an option.
option neither the Land Board nor the Idaho Legislature should pursue.
it will be attractive to many. It could be lobbied with the rallying cry
that it would be good for Idaho schools, which receive revenues derived
from activities on state land. It would put Blaine County and its
contrary residents in their placeóa big plus in some quarters.
other hand, an exemption may let the Idaho Land Board approve any use it
deemed suitable on any state land anywhere. A gravel pit in the heart of
Boise? A stinky dairy, polluting hog farm, noxious power plant or big
box stores? No problem, if the Land Board says so.
of this Boise-based board making land-use decisions for everyone else in
Idaho is as palatable as eating slugs.