December 21, 2010
The developer of a proposed treatment center for troubled teens in rural western Idaho has won a $4 million judgment against Boise County after officials scuttled the project.
A federal jury sided with the Boise-based development firm Oaas-Laney in a verdict Friday.
Oaas-Laney sued Boise County last year, saying commissioners violated the Fair Housing Act when they undermined the proposal because of neighborhood opposition.
County officials maintained their actions were based on legitimate government interests.
The company sought zoning approval from Boise County in 2007 to build Alamar Ranch, a 72-bed private treatment facility and school that would have treated teens with emotional or substance abuse problems.
Residents of a nearby neighborhood organized the group Opponents of Alamar Ranch and mounted a campaign to keep the ranch from being built out of concern the teens would run away and commit crimes.
The group was also worried about fire suppression and traffic problems in the heavily forested area.
Read remainder of the story at IdahoBusinessReview.com