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Jerome Area of City Impact Proposed Changes
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
The area of impact is a planning tool to provide guidance for future city growth.
In Jerome, officials make it clear they are planning for change in the future.
Every ten years Idaho Code requires a city and county to review the area of impact.
In Jerome, the current impact agreement was adopted in 1996, and officials are saying it's time for change.
Says Charlie Howell, Jerome County Commissioner, "We do need to refine it. We are taking out some areas of city impact that have been previously put in that we feel don't need to be there anymore. Laws change, rules change, times change, so it's time to refine it and go back to do it."
County and city officials have made the public part of the process.
John Shine, Mayor of Jerome, notes, "we had an open house on September 9th when we met about 100 citizens. We answered questions and we took their written comments and we have been reviewing their comments."
Howell adds, "it’s very important that they can be involved. We appreciate the open house and the surveys that have been sent in. We're taking those very seriously and we're going to offer some recommendations but it’s very important the citizens are involved."
Next up, a series of joint meetings and public hearings will be held before adopting a new area of impact.
Visit www.jeromecountyimp.com to see proposed changes to the area of impact. The site also allows residents to take a survey and give their opinions on the potential changes.