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Comments due July 15 on land uses around military sites

The Idaho Department of Commerce late this month plans meetings at which people can comment on a study impacting land surrounding two military complexes in southern Idaho. Comments on a draft joint land-use study are due July 15.

The meetings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., are set June 28 at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise and June 29 at Mountain Home City Hall. They will cover the Idaho National Guard‘s Gowen Field and Orchard Training Area installations, Mountain Home Air Force Base and the Idaho portion of the Air Force’s Mountain Home Range Complex.

The meetings will cover how these areas will be developed in the future, potentially impacting surrounding landowners and the general public, the Idaho Department of Commerce said in a release. The draft joint land-use study is designed to protect the future of the military complexes while maintaining the community and economic development potential of the area, department officials said. Commerce officials encourage attendance by landowners and their representatives, environmental groups, businesses, the Tribal Government and residents of the Duck Valley (Nev.) Reservation, and area residents.

Inquiries and comments can be directed to Gloria Mabbutt or Greg Seibert at the Department of Commerce, (208) 334-2470. Mabbutt and Siebert can be reached by e-mail at Gloria.mabbutt@commerce.idaho.gov and greg.seibert@commerce.idaho.gov, respectively.

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