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Boise County Welcomes New Planning and Zoning Commissioner

To fill vacancy of Planning and Zoning, Edith Williams of Horseshoe Bend is sworn in by P and Z Administrator Rora Canody on April 20, 2017. Photo Credit - Malynda Turner

Boise County –  Edith Williams, a long time Horseshoe Bend resident has taken the seat of Horseshoe Bend District Commissioner to Planning and Zoning. She was sworn in on April 20th, 2017.  After a yearlong lapse in getting this seat filled appropriately, the Boise County Board of Commissioners had appointed Ms. Williams to the position on April 11th.

Williams was born in Germany in 1964, where she met and married Joe Williams, a 5th generation Boise County resident in 1984. At the end of Joe’s military service in Germany in 1989, the couple moved back onto the family property in Boise County. There they raised two daughters, both of whom graduated from Horseshoe Bend High School and have children of their own now.

“Over the past 27 years of living in Boise County, I have seen things that changed and things that I hope will never change”, says Williams  “But, the one thing that has remained a constant struggle over all these years is controlled, revenue generating growth, while preserving our way of life and the beauty of Boise County for our grandchildren.”

Ms. Williams’ past employment includes the Board of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Agriculture and she is currently employed by the Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. Williams says, “I hope I can help bring additional perspectives to our current planning and zoning application review processes and proposed future land uses.”

The night of Williams’s swearing-in ceremony, P&Z Commissioners met for a refresher course on Idaho’s Open Meeting Law and Parliamentary Procedure. This was a presentation made by Planning and Zoning Attorney Steven Meade for the P&Z Commissioners and staff. Williams noted that this was a perfect way to begin her commission saying, “I very much appreciated the opportunity to learn about and have a discussion on these topics before I became part of the review and decision making processes of P & Z.”

The willingness to take on the P&Z commissioner seat is not highly popular since it is a volunteer position. There is no pay or stipend. The passion and desire to “become involved and helpful” in the community and help with decision making processes is the “pay”.  Williams stated, “I am honored by the vote of confidence placed in me by our County Commissioners and look forward to serving Boise County.”

Written by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff