Letter in Opposition to Idaho HB 127
February 22, 2019
Representative Marc Gibbs
Representative Chad Christensen
Idaho House of Representatives
632 Highway 34
Grace, ID 83241
Re: Opposition to House Bill 127
Dear Representatives Gibbs & Christensen:
Please cast your vote against House Bill 127. Zoning is a common-sense land use tool that affords all landowners reasonable expectations as to what they – and their neighbors – can and can’t do with their property. Zoning provides essential property protections regarding public health and safety. It can also create a community’s road map for economic development. When an Idaho community identifies an area to be used for housing, manufacturing, or even infill development, this creates security and predictability for investors who seek to put financial resources into these locations. Even better yet – good zoning can prompt public/ private partnerships between local governments and investors to create urban renewal projects and downtown revitalization.
In Teton County, Idaho, basic zoning has proven essential to protect farmland, homes, and the awe-inspiring landscape that generates economic development for our valley. We think all Idaho landowners should have the fundamental protections of county and municipal zoning. As a local control state, Idaho has successfully shown that landowners and business owners can work with their local officials to develop the specially-tailored type of zoning that works best for them and their respective communities.
Again, I urge you not to support this bill. Thank you for your service to this great state.
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development