Idaho judge orders county clerk to file petition

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Idaho judge has ordered a county clerk to file a petition from a group seeking to ask voters to stop a development planned on irrigated farmland and grazing land north of Boise.

The Capital Press reports the Ada County clerk had rejected a petition by the group Dry Creek Valley Coalition to start the referendum process, so the group filed a lawsuit.

The judge issued the ruling last week, noting the petition had the proper signatures.

The petition still requires approval by the county prosecutor. The group will then have 180 days to collect about 40,000 signatures to prompt a special election.

Ada County commissioners approved an ordinance in February that made amendments to the development plan of the $80 million project by Boise Hunter Homes.