Canyon Farms subdivision preliminary plat recommended for approval
P&Z previously continued this 15-lot subdivision proposed along critical wildlife habitat in the Teton River canyon, and directed the applicant to come back with a better open space management plan and address the concerns raised by Idaho Fish & Game (IDFG). At this hearing, VARD commented neutrally that the new submittals did not effectively address IDFG’s comments, and in general, there are some vague elements in the application and development agreement that needed to be resolved prior to final approval.
It was troubling to see P&Z place so much emphasis on protecting wildlife through Canyon Farm’s CCR’s when they can easily be amended by the developer and cannot be enforced by the county. As currently proposed, there are no meaningful assurances codified in the development agreement and plat. Thus, there is no way to ensure permanent on-site habitat protection if this subdivision were ever sold to someone else.
A final plat hearing will now be held in front of the Board of County Commissioners.