Idaho Local Authorities Deny Potato Storage Construction Pending Investigation
The Twin Falls county Planning and Zoning Commission tabled a company’s proposal to build two new potato cellars after expressing concern that the applicant’s existing cellars are not in compliance with a conditional use permit granted in 2018. Commissioners unanimously voted to stop Eagle Eye Produce’s request for a conditional use permit from moving forward until county planning staff examined whether the fans in the existing cellars are in accordance with the project plans the county Board of Commissioners approved.
The company is a cooperative of local growers whose potatoes are packed and shipped by Idaho Falls-based Eagle Eye Produce. The company has a packing plant in Twin Falls.
When the commissioners previously approved the construction of the first two cellars, they did so with the intention of the noise-producing fans at the ends of the cellars being placed on the west side of the buildings, away from neighbors on the other side of 3300 East in Kimberly.
But instead, the fans were installed on the east side of the storage facilities. County planner Laura Wilson said if it is determined that Eagle Eye Produce’s existing permit is not in compliance, the Planning and Zoning Commission can require this error to be fixed before approving this additional conditional use permit.