Wednesday, October 10, 2007

ICL?s logic is flawed

The Idaho Conservation League has been busy empowering its members to participate in a smear campaign against the proposed Cove Springs subdivision south of Bellevue.

To follow the logic of the ICL, all future development should occur within the boundaries of existing municipalities. That's fine. All ICL members living within the city limits should feel free to criticize the project. But for those living in the unincorporated areas of Blaine County, it seems hypocritical to attempt to prevent future residents from enjoying the very lifestyle that you hold so near and dear.

Referring to Cove Springs as a poorly planned development and trying to label the project as all example of sprawl is simply unfair. The revised Cove Springs plan contains no building lots in the mountain overlay district, preserves open space, water and wildlife habitat and protects the agricultural ambiance of the Gannett corridor.

Using the criteria favored by the ICL, nothing would have ever been built in Blaine County. Hulen Meadows would not exist. Greenhorn would be undeveloped. Indian Creek would still be a ranch. Cove Springs deserves much more thoughtful consideration than it has been afforded by the Idaho Conservation League.

Dan Gorham


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