Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Camas commish does good work


I've had it. Pat Murphy's perfunctory May 27 story about the Camas County lawsuit reached some kind of inverted pinnacle of vacuous uselessness. Here are my comments from the ground in Camas County: Judge Butler's decision absolutely creams the Martin lawsuit against Camas County's 2008 comp plan and zoning ordinance. Martin had no standing to file the suit, and Judge Butler found the appropriate receptacle, dismissing it with prejudice. It is lively reading. Get a copy from the County, and judge for yourself.

In 2006, the Camas Commissioners directed the County P&Z to begin groundwork for a long-awaited overhaul of the zoning and comp plan, including development of a zoning map with clear district designations. After hundreds of citizens attended or provided comment to hearings before the P&Z and the Board of Commissioners, the board adopted a new comp plan and zoning ordinance in 2008, which is now in force and working fine. The people of Camas County accomplished this beautifully.

The Camas County Commissioners continue to make it clear in their dealings with Martin that in Camas County, zoning designations are not for sale. Zoning changes are not handed out in response to threats of costly legal attacks.

Like all Idaho counties, Camas County elects a majority of its County Commission every two years, and we do it the regular way, by secret ballot. Camas County tends to have a high rate of voter participation.

Recalling this, it's illuminating to reflect that Camas County's Board of Commissioners have received the resounding support of voters in the last two elections when the zoning process and lawsuit flaps have been prominent features of our local life. Why? Because voters accurately perceive that they are decent and good neighbors, and right in their dealings with others.

Marshall Ralph

Soldier




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