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Impound Yard Proposed Near Airport

Driggs Planning & Zoning held a public hearing to consider a conditional use permit (CUP) for an impound yard located at Lot 7 of the Flying T subdivision, which is adjacent to the airport.  All of the land in the area is zoned M1 for light manufacturing.  In addition to light manufacturing uses, there are a few hangar-home residences as well as other businesses such as storage units. 


The primary concern from the neighbors who wrote letters in opposition and submitted testimony to the Commission was that the impound yard had the potential to become an eyesore.  The other major concern that was raised was the potential for hazardous fluids to leak from impounded vehicles. 


Commissioner Delwyn Jensen made a motion to recommend approval with the condition that a clear definition of “impound yard” accompany the CUP and that all fluids be contained by the permit holder.  No requirement to screen the property was part of the motion. 


Commissioner Rick Baldwin voted in opposition, presumably based on the concerns he voiced during deliberations about the need for screening and a stronger fluid containment plan. 


The property falls within the Driggs Impact Area, so this permit application will next be reviewed by the Driggs City Council and then finally, the Board of County Commissioners. 


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