Height variance to construct a 75-foot batch plant tower on HWY 33 unanimously denied
Earlier this year, Teton County unanimously prevailed at the Idaho Supreme Court in their 5-year legal battle against Burns Concrete over their 2007 denial of the 75-foot batch plant tower at 1750N and Highway 33 that Burns desired to build. Now, Burns has chosen to go a new procedural route by recently applying for a height variance to allow them to construct the 75-foot tall, 60-foot wide tower in the same location. The Driggs Planning & Zoning Commission recently held a hearing to consider this application and unanimously recommended that the variance be denied.
Because this property is in the impact area, this variance application went to the Board of County Commissioners for final review. At this hearing, several letters of opposition to this variance from members of the public were read into the record. The County Commissioners determined that there were no physical characteristics onsite that warranted granting a variance for such a tall tower, and thus unanimously voted to deny this variance.