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Residential Treatment Center for Troubled Teens Denied in Idaho

A local development company that wants to build a residential treatment center for troubled teens in Boise County plans to appeal a denial this week of its application for a conditional-use permit.
Residents who oppose the project are celebrating the denial as an incremental victory in a months long battle.

"I'm happy that the Boise County Planning & Zoning Commissioners looked through all the information," said Brian Bulow, spokesman for a group that opposes Alamar Ranch. "They really did their homework and asked some good questions."

Boise County's Planning & Zoning Commission denied Oaas Laney's application for a conditional-use permit Wednesday night.

The vote was 3-3, but a tie vote means the application is denied; one commissioner recused himself.

The meeting at the Idaho City High School cafeteria ran from 6:30 p.m. to about 10 p.m., with about 75 people in attendance, according to Craig Wolford, Boise County's administrator of Planning & Zoning.

Oaas Laney, which submitted the application for the permit in April, can appeal the decision. It must be filed within 21 days after the written decision is issued, according to Wolford.

The company proposes to build a 72-bed residential treatment facility at the 123-acre Klam Ranch, which is on a ridge above Idaho 21, off of Grimes Road.

The original proposal was to serve up to 108 teens at the Green Ranch site off of Idaho 21.

If appealed, there would be another public hearing before the Boise County Board of Commissioners.

Amy Jeppesen, who was hired by Oaas Laney to be the director of the new treatment facility, confirmed Thursday that the company will appeal the decision.

"We feel very strongly that we have a good case for an appeal and that we will be approved," Jeppesen said. "You look at the facts in the case, the facts are clearly on our side in this case. We've worked very diligently with country resources and residents of the county to try to resolve concerns."

Oaas Laney submitted an application for the new site and scaled-down facility in April, after residents of nearby Osprey subdivision and surrounding areas opposed the original project for a long list of reasons, including fear that the residents of the facility would jeopardize their safety.

Opponents also argue that the area's infrastructure, including police, fire and other services, aren't sufficient to serve a large facility.

Bulow said his No Alamar Ranch group submitted a 23-page petition with about 380 signatures from people who oppose the treatment center.

The group, which has an attorney on retainer, has been meeting weekly.

"We don't want to be a bunch of backyard NIMBYs," Bulow said. "We want to present the facts."

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