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Become a 'futurist' now

Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at 11:19 AM

The county growth and development office is soliciting ideas for a "vision" of how citizens would like to see the county develop, especially over the next 20 years.

The next few months will be the best time to call or mail your input into that office.

And we want to help out. We'd like our readers to send us ideas as well, no matter how screwy they may sound, about things the county should consider for the future. Send them to: Vision; c/o The Mountain Home News; P.O. Box 1330; Mountain Home, ID 83647.

We'll collect the ideas we get and pass them on to the county.

The field is wide open. Consider, for example, the people of Las Cruces, N.M. Twenty years ago I doubt anybody there considered they'd have a private spaceport in their back yard. I'll bet their comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances didn't even consider the concept. But that's the sort of screwy idea we'd like to seek. Stretch your mind. And let us know if you think it's a good idea or a bad one for the county.

There's a lot of things to think about. Do we want to see, for example, historic preservation district's created, and if so, where?

What new transportation corridors might we want? What restrictions do we want to place on power lines? How about water diversion systems?

Do we want residential growth to be "open" with large lot areas in the county, or do we want to "cluster" development as a means of preserving natural habitat?

How much emphasis, and where, should we put on wildlife habitat preservation?

Should wind farms be allowed anywhere? Do we want to see a county filled with them? How about solar power fields, or receiver fields for "beamed" solar energy from space?

What areas should be set aside for recreational use?

Since all ag and grazing land potentially can be turned into some other type of land use (it is sort of the "base" for future growth) are there any areas that we want to put an emphasis on preserving for at least the next 20 years, and how restrictive do we want to make that preservation?

Growth and Development Director Brent Butler wants people to haul out their crystal balls and look forward, even beyond the 20 years of his Vision 2030 project, but out to even 100 years. Consider, for example, that when Elmore Medical Center was built, it was at the edge of town. Now, 50 years later, it is in the middle of it. So keep that in mind when you start thinking about your vision for the future. Industrial and manufacturing development that goes in at the edge of town today will be in the middle of it 50 years from now.

Doing some forward thinking is not only fun (stretch your mind), but can have major implications for the world our children and grandchildren grow up in. Every idea will be considered. So get involved now in the vision quest for our county's future. Don't leave it just to government officials, because frankly, there are better minds out there. Be one.

If you get involved now, your vision may be the key one that leads us to the future we all want.

-- Kelly Everitt

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Eagle-eye, Yeah, I get that a lot from my husband (that I'm full of it).

-- Posted by boomerbeth on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 8:46 PM

boomerbeth, you know what the saying is for those that have brown eyes and brown hair LOL

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 4:42 PM

OM - I don't have brown hair for nothing. Actually, it's turning kinda grey. Oh, well. Life goes on.

-- Posted by boomerbeth on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 4:28 PM

BB, always the smart one you are.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 9:34 AM

Wow, Boomerbeth, thank you!

-- Posted by kimkovac on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 11:45 PM

Kim, thanks for the info on the community garden. I'll call them and find out more about it. That's exciting! I also love the reservior area and take my dogs out there, too. I think it has tremendous potential as another recreation area and tourist attraction for Mtn Home. The community theatre idea is also a good idea. By the way, I saw you perform at the Glenn's Ferry Theatre. You were terrific!

-- Posted by boomerbeth on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 6:42 PM

Way to go folks, not just posting your idea's on this blog but also putting them in writing and sending them to the News, sure been aome great ideas come up and ya never know some of them may just get put into place, hope so.

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 2:00 PM

I have many ideas that I will send as I can. I love the reservoir and I think that we should develop the area more. Legacy park is a perfect example of what can be done. Who doesn't love that place?

I also think that a dog park could go well for the reservoir area since that is my favorite place to take my dogs. WE love it there!

Personally, I would love to be able to get a performing arts grant and have the money to refurbish an older historic building into a community theatre complete with classrooms. I would hold classes for children on drama then expand from there into other performing arts classes such as costume design, stage make-up, set design, screen and play writing, and films. The school drama teens will have another place to develop their talents while also reaching out to the next generation of future actors. The whole community would become involved as their children and grandchildren performed in plays and learned great personal communication skills. Relatives from out of the county will travel to town to watch their kin on stage and local businesses will enjoy the after-show ice cream or late meal crowd. It is a win-win community-bonding project.

-- Posted by kimkovac on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 12:48 PM

Actually, those interested in a community garden should call the Master Gardeners at the Extension Office or send an email to elmore@uidaho.edu. They have just started a plan for a community garden. We want more people to join us. The city has the land and we're building raised beds. Our plan is to grow vegtables and sell at the farmers market for proceeds to be put back into the group in order to build a greenhouse and do more community education. Everyone is welcome to join us! The more the better. Our goal should be to teach everyone how to grow their own food and how to make our soil healthy again.

-- Posted by kimkovac on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 12:36 PM

Thanks for doing this. I'll send you my suggestions. In summary, I think a "trade school" of some kind would be great to teach people the trades like plumbing, electrical wiring, construction etc. Also, more avenues for outdoor and indoor recreation would be great. The El Rancho parking lot was a great idea and looks real nice in the downtown area.

-- Posted by Redroth on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 10:00 AM

OM, I have no desire to get in another "war of words" with you. You have already posted how you feel about this idea ad- nauseum. Why not get off this site and let the people who want a little change and progress here be able to express and share their ideas with each other without being subjected to a load of crap from you. Go find someone else to pick a fight with so you can get your daily fix of insulting and belittling others. I'm not interested.

-- Posted by boomerbeth on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 9:16 AM

Here we go again....

-- Posted by MrMister on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 11:00 PM

You do not comment on the "crap" I post because you have NO defense for what your pals at the WECRD do. The only thing you can do is make racist remarks which do oh soooooo much for the WECRD and their "cause." BB, I hope they broke the mold with you because I would hate to think that there could be anyone else like you. Have a great day.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 11:57 AM

I did submit my ideas in writing as requested. OM, I don't care about your opinions to my suggestions so keep them to yourself. I didn't make a comment on the "crap" you posted.

-- Posted by boomerbeth on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 5:44 PM

Here's another great idea, why not read Kelly's blog and then submit your ideas like the way it was posted, Kelly never respones to anything put on his blog and I don't know if he even reads it, last I knew he didn't even post his own info he just wrote it and someone else at the news staff did the post.

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Thu, Jun 25, 2009, at 11:21 PM

The reservoir is a "storage" area of sorts for water...not a lake. It does get stocked with fish...at least in years gone by. How about if the WECRD helps to foot the bill for some of your ideas there BB since they have all of that money. Since youth baseball and other youth sports were not good enough to qualify perhaps your walking path will win out. Nothing like a duplication of what the WECRD plans to build. Great use of money. Get community/rec. center built! Was that a joke? Remember BB (as you have stated over and over)---these things take time. Why the rush after 10 years? Oh yeah...we vote in November. Have a nice night.

A dog park would be nice.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Thu, Jun 25, 2009, at 7:32 PM

Great idea. I like this new Growth and Development Director already. How about providing more opportunities for both indoor and outdoor recreation. Get Community/recreation center built. Expand on walking/biking trail by the freeway. Have it go down 18th street to connect with the site of the rec center. Have a community garden and sell produce from that garden at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays (I think people want more fresh produce from local farms/gardens to purchase - not another community flea market). Deepen and widen Mtn Home reservoir so it won't dry up in winter - stock it with fish.

-- Posted by boomerbeth on Thu, Jun 25, 2009, at 7:12 PM

Why spend this money right now? It was revised in 2007. Keep the money and use it for something that we really need...like a stop light at 18th and AL. The ECC's complain about the lack of funds and want to spend a bundle on crap like this. What a joke. You should have had the guts to decide the matter plain and simple.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Thu, Jun 25, 2009, at 3:01 PM

Great Idea !

Would like to see a mega park and running & biking trails towards the end of 5th street by the new housing development. That side of town dosent have any parks etc. its expanding and would be nice for famalies. Like legacy park on steriods. Tennis/basketball. Football feild/soccer and BBQ area's with onerhangs, picnic tables. Jungle gym for the kids. Water fountains. Emergecy call box. Bathrooms. Grassy area's for fling kites etc.

How about frisbee golf course ???

A dog park,,,google it for idea's / pictures. It's a large inclosed park just for dog's so their owners can take them to a safe place for off leash fun.

-- Posted by Paul Revere on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 12:17 PM

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