Planning & Zoning



Effective Monday, October 16, 2023

DSD Planners will be available to the public for walk-in questions and phone calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am – 5 pm; all other times will be by appointment only.

The purpose of this change is to dedicate additional time to review of existing cases, and to provide thorough and accurate information to our customers. We are working on improving our timeliness of case processing, as well as adding and training new team members.

To help us serve you better, customers are asked to complete an INTAKE FORM. Please be as specific with the information as you can be.

Any intake forms, voice mails, or emails to the Zoning Info email box will receive a response within three (3) business days.   Messages can also be left for the Planning Department on the main planning line: 208-454-7458 or through the email address.


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The following links and information have been provided to assist you in your due diligence before purchasing property or learning more about land development in Canyon County.

Interactive GIS Mapper click below
Property Search ToolZoning

USDA Soils
FEMA Floodzone Map
Census GIS Mapper
Wetlands Mapper
County Codes & Ordinances
Other Agencies
Deed & Recorded Documents Search
Subdivision Plat and CCR’s Search
Code of West

Parcel Inquiry Request
This is a research request to determine if specific parcels have a building permit available or are eligible for the Administrative Land Division process. The inquiry can also address any other parcel specific questions you may have such as for private roads, easements, and other items. Research is limited to records available from Development Services and Assessor’s Plat room, and Recorder’s Office. This includes research, interpretation, and the process for development from the reviewing planner. Fee is $40/parcel.

Parcel Inquiry (Submit completed application via email to

Public Records Request
This is a request for documents only and does not include interpretation and advice regarding land development proposals.
Public Records Request

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Applications may be submitted (in person or emailed to:


Once the Development Services Department Planning & Zoning team receives your application and determines it is complete, they will contact you for payment. An application will not be considered complete until all required information listed on the application form has been submitted, and verified by County staff. An application will be considered submitted and processing will begin after payment is received.

When submitting, please include the complete master application form and all required attachments as outlined in the appropriate application type checklist. If applying for multiple applications at once, submit one application packet that includes all required items.

Application packets include forms, directions and fees. If applying for multiple applications at once, submit one application packet that includes all required items, some fees are reduced if applications are combined. Packets do not include the credit card authorization form see below:

Credit Card Authorization (For electronic and mail submittals)
Zoning Fee Schedule
Pre-Application Meeting Request
Appeal of Decision

Applications approved by Staff:

GIS_Private Road_Packet (Request a private road)
Parcel Inquiry (Request specific parcel information)
Flood Plain Development Permit application

Applications approved through a Director’s Decision:

Administrative Land Division (request land divisions)
Assisted Care Facility
Bed & Breakfast (for B&B’s with employees)
Easement Reduction
Home Business (if business is not considered a home occupation)
Mineral Extraction Short Term (for temporary extraction, if longer see Conditional Use Permit below)
Minor Replat (property boundary adjustments on platted parcels and other changes)
Property Boundary Adjustment (for unplatted parcels only)
Sign Permit Packet
Simple Changes to Plat
Temporary Use (for temporary housing and living in an RV)
Variance less than 33%
Winery, Brewery, and Distillery

Applications approved through a Public Hearing Process:

Comprehensive Plan Amendment (to change the future land use designation)
Conditional Use Permit
Development Agreement Modification
Subdivision: Final Plat
Subdivision: Preliminary Plat
Subdivision: Short Plat
Plat Vacation
Variance Public Hearing
Zoning Amendment (Rezone & Conditional Rezone; to change the zoning district)
Zoning Or. Text Amendment

Land Hearings Application TrackerTitle 67, Chapter 65 of the Idaho State Statute grants the County Board of Commissioners (governing board) the authority to exercise their powers to appoint members of a Planning & Zoning Commission to act with full authority of the governing board within the unincorporated area of the county, excluding the authority to adopt ordinances or to finally approve rezones and land subdivisions.

The Planning & Zoning Commission, guided by the Local Land Use Planning Act (§ 67-6509) is granted the authority to make decisions on land use planning applications, including recommendations, adoption, and amendments. Each commission shall consist of not less than three (3) nor more than twelve (12) voting members, all appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. An appointed member must have resided in the county for at least two (2) years and must remain a resident of the county during his service on the commission. No person shall serve more than two (2) full consecutive terms.

The Planning and Zoning Commission members:

Name Term Expires
Chairman Robert Sturgill 12/1/2027
Vice-Chairman Brian Sheets 12/1/2027
Secretary Miguel Villafana 03/09/2026
Commissioner Harold Nevill 12/1/2026
Commissioner Patrick Williamson 11/16/2024
Commissioner Matt Dorsey 5/26/2027
Commissioner (Robert) Geoffrey Mathews 5/26/2027

Planning and Zoning Commission Hearings 2024

Phone: (208) 454-7458

If you would like to volunteer your time as a P&Z Commissioner, please download and fill out the application below and submit to the Board of County Commissioners. Planning & Zoning Commission Application pdf

Administrative Staff
The administrative staff of the Development Services Department operates as a team to administer the zoning, subdivision, building, and public nuisance ordinances. Established processes and standardized forms are used to process applications, issue permits, schedule and conduct public hearings and enforce ordinances. Procedures are constantly evaluated in an attempt to update our processes, forms, and ordinances for ease of use and easy-to-follow processes. We welcome your feedback.

Sabrina Minshall
Jay Gibbons
Assistant Director
Jennifer Almeida
Office Manager
Pamela Dilbeck Sr. Administrative Specialist
Amber Lewter Hearing Specialist

Planning & Zoning Staff
We plan our day, our children’s future and our vacations. It makes sense to plan the future of our communities to ensure that the decisions we make today will result in a viable and healthy future. Planning is influenced by physical, economic, and social forces. Planners use tools such as zoning, economic, and demographic analysis, natural and cultural resource evaluation, goal setting and strategic planning. Planning is key to implementing the wishes, hopes, and aspirations of citizens all across the spectrum.

Carl Anderson
Planning Supervisor
Dan Lister
Principal Planner
Debbie Root Principal Planner 208-455-6034
Michelle Barron Principal Planner 208-455-6033
Madelyn Vander Veen Associate Planner 208-455-6035
Emily Kiester Associate Planner 208-454-6632
Arbay Mberwa Associate Planner 208-455-6039
Doug Exton Associate Planner 208-614-5030

Engineering Staff

Dalia Alnajjar Engineering Supervisor

GIS Staff

Tony Almeida
GIS Supervisor
Sage Huggins GIS Analyst 208-455-6036


111 N. 11th Ave ROOM 310
Caldwell, ID 83605

Phone / Fax

P 208-454-7458
F 208-454-6633


Effective Jan. 3, 2023
Public office hours are:
M, T, TH, F: 8am-5pm
Wed: 1pm-5pm
(Excluding holidays)
Payments will be accepted during any public office hours