P & Z looks at amendments for nuclear plant proposal

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The fate of a proposed nuclear power plant in Elmore County remained in limbo as members of Mountain Home's planning and zoning commission debated conflicting rezoning issues at a commission meeting Aug. 5.

The meeting focused on a July 6 letter from the Elmore County Board of Commissioners, which unanimously voted in June to hold off on approving a zoning amendment application from Alternate Energy Holdings Inc.

According to the letter, the application submitted from AEHI conflicts with the county's comprehensive plan, which outlines all housing, industrial, business and agricultural development in Elmore County. These conflicts ultimately affect the proposal to rezone 1,280 acres of agricultural land near the city of Hammett into a heavy industrial zone.

According to the letter, the county commissioners said AEHI's application conflicts with the comprehensive plan, prompting them to submit the application to the city's planning and zoning commission to have this group write proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan. Once amended, the county commissioners would again consider AEHI's application to rezone the land pursuant to Idaho zoning codes.

See the Mountain Home News for the complete story.

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  • Yes...when the "rules" do not fit the agenda by all means change the "rules" to fit your own agenda. Nice, new standards have been set here for future projects that do not fit the "development plan" for Elmore County. What is next? Maybe a "Bunny Ranch" or strip club right off the second exit to MH in the county. Then we can be known for toxic waste dumps and T & A clubs! Nice job there Cruser, Rose and Shaw. You opened the door! This is what happens when complete idiots are put in charge that have no clue (their "attorney" included). Try to keep these things out now.

    -- Posted by OpinionMissy on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 8:28 AM
  • When the comprehensive plan was created some years ago, it was for the express purpose of clearly defining land use in the county. If the application is in conflict with the plan, the application should be denied. If the plan is altered to accommodate this applicant, we may as well not have zoning at all...

    -- Posted by EarthLover on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 1:01 PM
  • Seriously, OM? What is your problem? You are so negative and against any change proposed in the county. You are not from here and you do not plan to stay here so why do you insist on spouting off with your ignorant nonsense? If you dont like the way things are done, why dont you put your money where your mouth is and run for election? Then you could please everyone and make Elmore County the next Nirvana, right? You will see, as anyone else in public office knows, that it is impossible to make everyone happy and next to impossible to plan a future for our county when all you get is nay-sayers blocking your every psoposal. I see, dont vote your way or take time to explore all avenues and they are idiots subjected to the wrath of the likes of you. Plans are not written in stone and are subject to review, just like laws. If it was an industry you supported the story would be different, I am sure. Believe it or not, it is OKAY for this county to grow. There are plenty of talented and skilled workers here who would like to see a future for our wonderful county.

    We will be here long after you have moved on to greener pastures to spew your hateful nonsense. So please, give us a break from your ignorant hatefulness!

    -- Posted by GolfrChik on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 1:02 PM
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    well said EarthLover and GolfrChik!

    -- Posted by airforcewive on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 4:50 PM
  • Golfr, seriously what is YOUR problem? I am not against change that is fiscally responsible and in the best interests of the citizens of this community today, next week and beyond. You have no idea what you are even talking about. "The likes of me" as opposed to the "likes of you" I guess. As far as me departing MH...you do not have your facts together as usual (big shock there). We are established here and have a business here. So, the chances of me "moving on to greener pastures to spew my hateful nonsense" are slim to none. Shows how much you know. Did a golf ball hit you in the head at some point? As for public office be careful what you wish for. There are enough people fed up with how things are run to vote for change. Have a very nice night.

    -- Posted by OpinionMissy on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 8:30 PM
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    I had to sit through one of AEHI's presentations to the city and I was amazed at how they treated both the citizens and the council. Mr. Gillespe seemed to speak down to the entire council that night. Based on this, I am surprised that the ECC are trying so hard to change a plan that not only they but many citizens of this county approved of. Now this company has stated that they have other offers on locations to build but will not name any of them. I applaud the members of the P&Z that said NO to the application since it contradicted the plan. I will ask some of you if a chicken farm, a dairy or a landfill wanted to build behind your house would you support that, even if it was contradictary to the zoning laws? And how upset would you be if the local government approved the application? That is how I feel. There was a large amount of input put into making this plan and debates about it. I am not saying that the plan does not have flaws but the WHOLE plan should be looked at and revised as needed to better meet the needs of community as a whole and not changed just to suit the wishes of company that is not even based in this county. I suggest those that do not fully understand why some are so upset, do some research on how this company treated Owyhee County.

    I think nuclear power has its benifits when built properly but do not feel this company has the best interests of the community at heart. Instead they are only worried about makine a huge profit for themselves and then move on to another area.

    -- Posted by B Mullen on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 9:20 PM
  • amendments for nuclear plant ?? Mmmm, lets see , how about every homeowner in elmore gets 1000 watt solar panels and all the gear or free power for Mmmm 10 years. no Make it 2000 watt solar panel that should work

    -- Posted by Freedom on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:44 AM
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