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Interim building limits may be extended

Council to consider six-month
plan Thursday


By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer

Ketchum’s interim building regulations—which limit buildings’ height and bulk further than the city’s existing ordinances—could be extended for six more months.

The city council’s controversial move to limit construction of large buildings in the city’s downtown will be the topic for discussion at a joint planning and zoning commission and city council meeting tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

At a March 27 meeting, the P&Z unanimously endorsed the six-month extension, which would be adopted to limit construction while the city attempts to revamp its design review standards.

Design review standards, in part, regulate architectural style and size of downtown commercial buildings.

The six-month regulations would be modeled after the city’s interim ordinance, which reduces allowed floor area ratios (FARs) and building height in the city’s downtown.

FARs are a means by which planners can calculate a building’s size relative to lot size.

The emergency ordinance, which lasts for 120 days, was adopted Feb. 7. It would be canceled by adoption of the six-month ordinance.

The city has received two proposals from design review consultants who are interested in working with the city to draw up permanent design-review ordinances, one from Boulder, Colo.-based Winter & Co. and one from Pasadena, Calif.-based Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides.

Ketchum planning staff, members of the planning and zoning commission and a representative of the city council are scheduled to interview the applicants on Thursday morning.

 

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