IDAHO COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 48
AN ORDINANCE OF IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, RELATING TO THE NAMING OF ROADS WITHIN IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, AND REQUIRING SUCH NAMED ROADS TO BE APPROPRIATELY SIGNED WITH EITHER GREEN OR BLUE SIGNING DEPENDING UPON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE OWNERSHIP; REQUIRING ROAD NAMES WITHIN NEW SUBDIVISIONS TO NOT CONFLICT WITH EARLIER DESIGNATED ROAD NAMES; PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF IDAHO COUNTY:
SECTION 1: Name. This ordinance shall be known as the Road Naming and Signing Ordinance of Idaho County, Idaho.
SECTION 2: This ordinance is authorized under the provisions of Article 12 Section 2 of the Idaho Constitution and by Title 50 Chapter 13 and Title 67 Chapter 65 of the Idaho Code as amended or subsequently codified.
SECTION 3: Although all County roads within Idaho County, both within subdivisions and outside of subdivisions may be named, only those with more than two (2) residences are required to be named pursuant to this ordinance. (Roads already platted but not maintained or new roads laid out but not maintained shall likewise be exempt from the requirements of this ordinance.)
SECTION 4: Purpose. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish a standardized procedure for road naming and signing. To accomplish this goal this ordinance sets forth a procedure to govern the selection of road names and the assignment of address numbers throughout the County’s incorporated areas. Additionally, the purpose shall be as follows:
a. To minimize future road named conflicts;
b. To provide a data base for County records and Enhanced 911 service;
c. To expedite property identification for emergency service providers;
d. Comply with the following addressing guidelines; U.S. Postal Service Publication 2 8. Addressing
SECTION 5: Road Naming. County roads will be named using postal guidelines and abbreviations. Public roads will be distinguished with a green street sign. A blue sign will distinguish private roads.
a. Road names for the entire County shall, as far as possible, be unique throughout the County and not conflict with or be substantially similar to other road names in or out of incorporated areas or within subdivisions. The owner or owners of private roads to be newly named shall submit a list of names to the County, under Section 6 hereof, which they intend to assign their private roads, provided, however, the final choice of names shall be at the sole discretion of the Board of County Commissioners and conform to the procedures set forth in this ordinance.67-6509, the terms and conditions of which are incorporated herein. After a public hearing the County Commissioners may exercise its discretion to change a road name by appropriately passed written resolution.49-201 now in force or as hereafter amended. Previously located signs of a dimension other than described herein shall be continued until they have to be replaced and upon replacement must comply with the then current terms of said manual.
b. An existing road name may be changed by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners upon the application of any interested parties.
The application for a road name change shall be made in writing and filed with the Idaho County Clerk. Upon filing of the application for a change of name of a road the Board of County Commissioners adopts the notice and hearing procedure available in Idaho Code §
Section 6: Sign size. All signs required under this ordinance shall at the adoption hereof be of a dimension as currently required under the Idaho State Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, including such a length as will accommodate the name of the road and any adopted abbreviation. Signs shall be permanently located on all-weather wood or metal posts and located in accordance with said Idaho State Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and those specifications set forth in Idaho Code §
Section 7: The requirements under this ordinance of street naming shall be applicable to all new roads in the County, including new roads within new subdivisions. Any owner or developer desiring to name new streets shall file a list of street names with the Idaho County Mapping Department. If after fourteen (14) days there has been no discovery of a conflict then the proposed new street names shall be allowed. If there is a conflict determined the land developer shall select a different name thereby eliminating any conflict.
Section 8: Public and private roads within the jurisdiction of an independent Highway District within the County shall be named and signed by those jurisdictions in accordance with the requirements of this ordinance, as soon as those jurisdictions can properly budget for the purchase of and installation of such signing.
a. Each Highway District shall have the separate ability to pass ordinances and make policies that require developers or land owners to name and sign their roads and pay for sign costs and installation costs, as well as any publication and hearing costs contemplated by this ordinance.
b. Persons owning public or private roads within the jurisdiction of the County desiring to change the name of their roads shall be obligated to pay for any hearing or publication costs contemplated by this ordinance. If those roads are private, such owners shall be responsible for the costs of and installation of appropriate signing hereunder required.
c. Idaho County shall pay only for sign costs and installation costs of any new publicly maintained road signs within the County, or older but yet unnamed publicly maintained roads within the County.
Section 9: Penalties. An owner of property creating a new road, which is required to be named under the terms of this ordinance, shall comply with the terms hereof within 90 days of the opening of said road for public or private use. Any person, firm, or entity not complying with the terms hereof shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Section 10: This ordinance shall be in full force and effect upon its passage, approval, and publication in the Idaho County Free Press.
DATED this 9th DAY OF MAY, 2005
Randy Doman, Chairman
Jim Rehder, Commissioner
Alice Mattson, Commissioner