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More Conditional Use Permits to be Heard by Planning and Zoning

On August 3rd, 2017, at the Garden Valley School Flex room will be another Planning and Zoning meeting to listen to requests made by applicants in Lowman and Horseshoe Bend. The public is invited to attend and may also make oral testimonies at the hearing. Meetings begin at 6:30pm. Applications can be reviewed at the county website: www.boisecounty.org/planning_and_zoning

Raymond Chambers is the applicant for the Haven Hot Springs in Lowman, Idaho.  The business already exists on Highway 21 in Lowman. He is requesting that they allow for upgrading existing use of the hot springs pool, restaurant, motel and gas station. The site may need grading or site preparation to accommodate a greenhouse and refurbish the existing pool house for safety maintenance and aesthetics.

Plans for a single-story pool house would include locker rooms, showers, toilets, a covered patio/lounge area and additional outdoor patios.  This will be 2400 square feet or less, according to the application. This is to be constructed on an already flat area to the north side of the existing pool. This will require a septic tank and drain field.

Plans for the pools is to be open twelve hours a day from 9am-9pm. The pool itself hands about 30-34 people at one time.  There will be at least 20 parking spots available.

The landscaping will follow goals and objectives of the Boise County Comprehensive Pan and the Unified Land Ordinance by using native plants along paths. Signage and lighting will also meet those requirements according to the application.  Camping will be the tent-only walk-in spaces with enclosed fire pits.

Mr. Chambers considers the application for the CUP to have favorable impact on the local economy through tourism. He sees this a good situation for all surrounding towns as well, since visitors will likely spend money at other local businesses.  His timeframe for the work to be completed and operational by December of 2017.

The other CUP hearing will be for the 3 Springs Hunting Ranch located in Horseshoe Bend at 21 Watson Lane.  Applicants are Stuart and Raeleen Welton.  The 360 acres of land is already zoned agricultural and are proposing 200 acres for a game preserve. This would also include a two-story structure of 6,000 square feet. The narrative of the CUP applicants explains that this would be a gamebird preserve.

The applicants would also live on the acreage.  The Weltons are striving to maintain the game preserve to meet the requirements of the Boise County Comp. Plan. This would include keeping the “natural habitat and rural atmosphere and character, while balancing the respect for property rights.”

The Weltons want to have a positive impact on the local economy. They will be offering a place for hunters and hikers to come by appointment these activities will be between 9am and 4pm. This is to make sure the impact to neighbors is controlled.

Birds will be planted in the area. The planned preserve meets or exceeds Idaho Department of Fish and Game regulations including that hunting season is August 15 through April 15. The Weltons have explained the safety requirements and training of visitors, which are similar to any hunting regulations including wearing hunter orange.  The expectation is that there will be about 4 people per day.  In the application, the narrative explains all safety precautions and expectations from local fire, EMS, biologists, weed control managers. Plans are for the Game Preserve to be operational within twelve months upon Commission approval.

Written by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff