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by Jace Stolfo
on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 2:07pm.
M3 Eagle, a proposed 6005 acre master planned community in the foothills north of Eagle, was granted limited water rights by the Idaho Deptartment of Water Resources in a decision on 12/21/09.
M3 had requested it be allowed to tap 15 million gallons of water per day from the aquifer below the foothills but was instead granted 2.6 million gallons of water per day.
M3 Eagle is generally located in the foothills north Beacon Light Rd, between Hwy 16 & Willow Creek Rd. According to the M3 Eagle website, the master plan for the community envisions 7153 homes, 245 acres of mixed use/commercial space, and up to 2402 acres preserved as open space. Another 880 acres would become part of the planned 2715 acre City of Eagle Regional Park. The M3 Eagle development would have approximately a seven mile boundary with the future park.
It remains to be seen how the limited water rights that was granted to M3 Eagle will impact the vision and scale of the development. According to Jeff Peppersack, chief of the Idaho Department of Water Resources' water allocation bureau M3 has until Jan. 4 to file an appeal. He said if an appeal is denied, M3 could then take its case to an Idaho District Court.
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