Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Idaho May Re-Authorize Land Exchanges For Cabin Sites

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

In November, Boise Weekly reported that the state of Idaho had nixed plans to authorize land exchanges for cabin sites, notably along the shores of Payette and Priest lakes, but cabin owners and the state may be working toward a solution that would allow such exchanges, the Spokesman Review reports.

A bill introduced Feb. 3 in the Senate Resources Committee, sponsored by Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Reps. John Vander Woude, Grant Burgoyne, George Eskridge, Eric Anderson and Thyra Stevenson, would let the state use land exchanges as a way for the state to relinquish ownership of lakefront cabin sites.

The proposed bill resolves issues surrounding a clause in existing state law that says the state Land Board can exchange endowment land "when it is in the state's best interest," but also says that the land may be swapped for "similar lands of equal value, public or private." The new bill strikes from the existing law the word "similar."

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