The Rail Served Industrial Park Concept Plan shows the proposed rail spurs from the Union Pacific main line.View Map
Proposed Rail Industrial Park
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Rail Overlay ZoneBack to Top
The City of Mountain Home has proposed the Rail Industrial Park as a means to spur development for our manufacturing sector, further diversifying our economy. A major tool for the proposed park is overlay zoning – a regulatory tool that creates a special zoning district to be placed over an existing base zone(s). The overlay zone can allow for different uses, higher development intensity, and modified standards, sometimes combined with various bonuses and incentives. In the case of the Rail Overlay Zone for the proposed Rail Industrial Park, the intent is to ensure compatibility with current surroundings, offer protection from industrial blight, encourage comprehensive planning, provide for maximum efficiency in the layout of streets, utility networks, open space, landscaping requirements and other public improvements.
- Standards and guidelines tailored to a specific district
- Increased flexibility for developers
- Improved pedestrian and bicycle access to transit
- Streetscape and other infrastructure improvements near transit
- Appropriate transitions to surrounding neighborhoods
AnnexationBack to Top
The incorporation of a land area into an existing community is known as annexation. The result of annexation is a change in boundaries of that particular community. Property owners adjacent to city limits have the option to annex their property, which can grant them access to the City’s water and wastewater systems. Annexations are beneficial for both the property owner and the City.
A local property owner has been working with the City to annex in approximately 400 acres of land adjacent to the Mountain Home rail line. Approximately 120 acres is currently home to the Mountain Home Solar One solar farm leaving 280 acres available for new development. The goal of the annexation is to work in partnership with the City to bring in new industry and jobs to Mountain Home.
Mountain Home Rail Industrial Park VideoBack to Top
Foreign Trade Zone 280Back to Top
In partnership with the City of Mountain Home, the Elmore County Commissioners have applied to include Elmore County in the service area for Foreign Trade Zone #280. The application has been accepted, Customs and Border Patrol has signed off, the comment period has been completed and the package is awaiting final signatures. Final approval is expected in February of 2020.
What is a Foreign Trade Zone?
A foreign-trade zone is a designated site licensed by the Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) Board at which special customs procedures may be used. These procedures allow domestic activity involving foreign items to take place prior to formal customs entry. Duty free treatment is accorded items that are re-exported and duty payment is deferred on items sold in the U.S. market, thus off-setting customs advantages available to overseas producers who compete with producers in the United States. FTZ sites and facilities remain within the jurisdiction of local, state and federal governments or agencies.
Union Pacific Focus SiteBack to Top
The City of Mountain Home has worked diligently with Union Pacific Railroad to build a strong relationship. Union Pacific has committed to servicing the rail spur purchased by the City from Mountain Home Air Force Base is 2019 and has also selected this site as one of their premier Focus Site locations. The proposed Mountain Home Rail Industrial Park is expected to be added to the Union Pacific Focus Site webpage in early 2020. At this time, Mountain Home is anticipated to be the only Focus Site in the state of Idaho.
What is a Focus Site?
Focus Sites are Union Pacific’s premier large-scale development areas, complete with rail designs. The criteria to be included in the program:
- Rail design approved by Union Pacific
- Large-scale development area (generally 125+ acres)
- Utilities and roads accessible to site
- Local development support
- Single Controlling land owner