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For the week of November 8 through 14, 2000

South-county landowners request expanded industry

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County Planning and zoning Commission is soliciting public comment on requests by two landowners to allow industrial development on 50 acres of agricultural land in the Glendale area.

On Oct. 12, the P&Z recommended that 300 acres south of Bellevue be redesignated on the county comprehensive plan’s land-use map for industrial use. Part of that land was also rezoned from agricultural and heavy industrial uses to Light Industrial.

Now, S. Erwin Excavation company seeks to expand that area to include the company’s 40 acres adjacent to Highway 75. If approved, the request would allow the property to be rezoned.

The excavation company has already filed the rezone request, from Productive Agriculture to Light Industrial.

Light Industrial zoning allows uses compatible with adjoining commercial or residential uses. Activities permitted include light manufacturing, retail and distribution facilities.

The second landowner, Robin Tomasi, whose property was partially included in the Oct. 12 rezone, asks to have an additional 10 acres of agricultural land rezoned to Light Industry. The property is located adjacent to Glendale Road, about a mile west of the highway.

A public hearing to consider both landowners’ applications is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the old Blaine County courthouse in Hailey.

Decisions the P&Z makes on Nov. 9, as well as decisions it made Oct. 12, are not final until the county board of commissioners gives its approval. That could happen in the next several weeks, though no meeting date to consider the matter has been set.

Recent land-use changes in the Glendale area began over a month ago with a rezone request made by Dan Brown. That request created a flurry of similar requests by his neighbors, which in part prompted the P&Z to visit the area to get a feel for the land before making changes.

Some members of the public have criticized the P&Z’s recent actions in the Glendale area, saying it creates sprawl.

P&Z chairman Tom Bowman, however, said the changes make good planning sense.

Language in the county’s comp plan, he said "really designates this area as compatible for industrial uses. It doesn’t discourage them."


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