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Purdy plans an 
of Picabo

Express Staff Writer

South-county rancher Nick Purdy has proposed a major land-use planning project that could drastically change the way the town site of Picabo gets developed.

The project, scheduled for public review during a Planning and Zoning meeting at the Old County Courthouse Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. involves:

  • Rezoning 53.19 acres between U.S. Highway 20 and First Street from light industrial and agricultural to residential; rezoning 8.6 acres west of Picabo from residential to agricultural; rezoning 11.08 acres east of Picabo from agricultural to residential; and rezoning a 2.32-acre strip between Highway 20 and First Street, east of Picabo, from agricultural to commercial.

  • Platting an 11-lot residential subdivision, to be called "Picabo Hills Subdivision," between Highway 20 and First Avenue.

  • Vacating about 15 blocks of public streets and alleys in Picabo.

  • Amending the Picabo plat to combine about 60 lots Purdy owns into 14 residential lots ranging in size from .54 to 1.5 acres.

One question likely to be addressed April 25 has been raised by The Nature Conservancy of Idaho executive director Geoff Pampush, who asked Purdy in a letter why he is bothering to request a rezone of 11.08 acres of land protected from development by a conservation easement.

Blaine County planner David Odom said that the requested rezones, subdivision, street vacations and plat amendment will each require separate sets of public hearings, which could take over a year.

Odom has detailed information and maps of the proposed changes available for public review during business hours in his office at the Old County Courthouse.

Purdy held a meeting Sunday night at the Silver Creek Convenience Store to review the plans with Picabo residents. About 30 people attended.

Purdy attempted a similar plan in 1999, but the plan was never carried out.


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