As Camas County braces for population growth, residents can have their say on proposed new planning and zoning regulations at a series of public hearings set to start Tuesday in Fairfield.
The new rules would provide the county with planned growth rather than ramshackle development, said county Planning and Zoning Administrator Earl Wilson
"We're not trying to stop growth, but we're trying to have smart growth in and around the available facilities that are here," he said. "We're getting more and more people from the Wood River Valley that are coming over buying property. Let's face it: The average Joe can't afford to buy anything over in the Wood River Valley anymore."
On the table are a proposed new comprehensive plan, zoning map and associated ordinances.
The zoning map identifies locations for 10 new zones that Wilson said are more specific and detailed than current land-use rules.
"We're trying to get up to speed to have an actual zoning map so that when people who want to buy property come in they can see what they can do with that property," he said.
Public hearings are scheduled for April 4, April 11 and April 17. Each starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Camas County Senior Center at the corner of Willow and First Street West.
Additional information on the proposed new rules is available at www.camascountyidaho.com.