- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Supreme Court won’t hear a case challenging agricultural zoning practices in Canyon County.

An agricultural nonprofit had sued the county over its practice of reclassifying agricultural lands for non-agricultural uses, arguing that it violated the county’s comprehensive plan by not protecting agricultural lands from development, The Idaho Press-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1UpFpDH.) But the top court upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the case, saying the Coalition for Agriculture’s Future raised valid concerns but ultimately lacked standing to sue Canyon County.

The Supreme Court also wrote that the coalition did not suffer from the county’s actions. The Meridian-based nonprofit includes local farmers, landowners and seed company executives.

The court awarded costs but not legal fees to Canyon County.

“I believed we would prevail all along,” Canyon County Commissioner Craig Hanson said in a statement. “George Crookham and his group, the Coalition for Agriculture’s Future, brought a baseless lawsuit against Canyon County at the expense of taxpayers.”

Coalition member George Crookham told the Press-Tribune by phone that he did not want to go on the record. He said he would send an email with his reaction to the court’s decision, but it was not received by the newspaper’s deadline. Crookham is the president of Caldwell’s Crookham Company.

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Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune, http://www.idahopress.com

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