10-1-2: PURPOSE:
The purpose of this title is to uphold the public's interest; exercise the valid police power delegated by the state pursuant to Idaho Code section 67-6513; and protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare. More specifically, this title establishes standards for land subdivision in order to:
   A.   Ensure the orderly development of the county;
   B.   Ensure the provision of adequate transportation, water and sewage facilities, water drainage, emergency services, fire and police protection and other public services;
   C.   Ensure that the impact of subdivision development does not affect the ability of the local jurisdictions or taxing districts, including school districts, to deliver services without compromising their current quality or imposing higher costs upon current residents;
   D.   Protect agricultural land for agricultural purposes as directed by the Idaho Code and county comprehensive plan;
   E.   Require development to protect natural features, topographic and geologic uniqueness, water quality and quantity, natural vegetation, wildlife habitat and migration corridors, and to protect rivers, streams, riparian habitat, wetlands, and drainage patterns;
   F.   Ensure that future growth and development is in accordance with the county comprehensive plan and other titles of this code;
   G.   Protect and create public access to public land and waterways;
   H.   Provide proper ingress and egress and coordination of streets and roads;
   I.   Encourage energy conservation and efficient use of existing energy sources;
   J.   Require that water resources are protected, conserved, and used in accordance with the county's local public interest water policy 1 and applicable state law;
   K.   Ensure protection of hillsides and scenic qualities;
   L.   Require that a range of housing types and prices is addressed to maintain the county's work force and social and economic diversity;
   M.   Enable residential development patterns that preserve natural features, wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors, allow more open space amenities and minimize the potential impact of new development on surrounding landowners;
   N.   Encourage street design that accommodates nonmotorized transportation facilities, such as bicycles, equestrian and pedestrian paths, and public transportation services. (Ord. 2006-16, 11-2-2006; Ord. 2006-15, 10-26-2006; Ord. 98-8, 10-5-1998; Ord. 77-6, 3-28-1977, eff. 4-14-1977)



1. See title 8, chapter 3 of this code.