CALDWELL -- An agriculture group has announced its opposition to a southwest Idaho subdivision the group says will use up land needed for crops.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Coalition for Agriculture's Future says the proposed Lake Hazel Estates is a classic example of the worst kind of spot zoning.

The coalition says it plans to send Canyon County commissioners a formal letter detailing its opposition to the 55-acre subdivision with 44 homes.

The subdivision is planned near the intesection of Lake Hazel Road and South McDermott Road.

The project received a conditional-use permit in 2007 through a process that no longer exists. But commissioners have to honor the permit.

An additional challenge has been filed on another front.

Citizens Opposed to Lake Hazel Estates in December asked a 3rd District Court judge to toss the permit due to a lack of public hearings.

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