BOISE -- The Camp Rainbow Gold board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with plans to secure a 275-acre ranch in the Wood River Valley for the camp's new permanent home.
This comes after neighbors in Triumph spoke out strongly against the plan at a recent public hearing, citing concerns about increased traffic and safety.
Residents of the small town in Blaine County say they appreciate the work the camp does for Idaho kids diagnosed with cancer, but they have doubts about whether the Triumph area is a good fit for the camp.
"I am concerned that in case there was an emergency situation like a fire, if an evacuation was required you would have hundreds of people," neighbor Jitka Sullivan told KTVB. "This traffic jam would put in jeopardy and really endanger people's lives."
Camp Rainbow Gold Executive Director Elizabeth Lizberg says the nonprofit organization will keep lines of communication open with nearby residents as the process to purchase the property moves forward.
"We absolutely want to keep working with the neighbors and receive that feedback and have constructive conversations to see what solutions can be found," she said.
Camp Rainbow Gold leaders were drawn to the 275-acre property off East Fork Road because it meets many of their criteria: It's close to a hospital, there are utilities available, and it's in a beautiful and secluded location.
Part of the property was donated to Camp Rainbow Gold to build the new camp in the Wood River Valley. The rest of the land hasn't been purchased yet.
Lizberg says the next step will be filing an application with Blaine County for a conditional use permit. The non-profit organization has brought in consultants to study the potential camp site and make sure it's safe.
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