Ag-to residential rezone

Residential uses are increasing near this farm property just outside Caldwell, Idaho.

A slice of farmland near Caldwell, Idaho, could become rural home sites if Canyon County commissioners approve a rezoning request.

William Jenkins and Robert O. Jenkins requested the county rezone, from agricultural to rural-residential, four parcels totaling a combined 78.2 acres at the southwest corner of Indiana and Orchard avenues, south of Idaho 55. The average minimum lot size in a Canyon County rural-residential zone is 2 acres.

The Jenkins family has farmed in the area for many years. Farming the subject property “is becoming increasingly difficult because of encroachment of higher-density residential, including bordering property being annexed into the city of Caldwell,” the family said in a letter to county planners. The county’s forward-looking Comprehensive Plan Map shows the property as residential, “which fits the trend of the area.

“The property is well situated for low-density development as it has three-quarters of a mile of public road frontage, power on site, and water rights that are flexible for delivery,” the letter said. The family “has a long-term plan of making more parcels available for a growing family and friends as the need arises.”

The Canyon County Planning & Zoning Commission Feb. 21 recommended approval by the County Board of Commissioners, slated to consider the proposal at 1:30 p.m. Mountain April 11, said Kathy Frost, recording secretary for the county’s development services department.

Planning documents show the property is within Caldwell’s city impact area. Residential and agricultural uses surround the property, bordered to the north and east by city limits. Twenty-one platted subdivisions, totaling 817 lots and averaging 0.41 acre each, are platted within a mile.

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