concerns may decide Sun Valley election
Express Staff Writer
has sat through meetings of the Sun Valley City Council and Planning and
Zoning Commission in the last year might guess that the city’s residents
like the way their city looks, except for a couple of subdivisions.
have packed meetings to object to the development of the Bluff Parcel and
Triumph Springs, and the further development of the Crown Ranch
complained these projects would ruin the appearance of Sun Valley by
eating up open space and allowing development to crawl up hillsides and
rest on ridges.
issues of open space and hillside development will be the deciding factor
for voters on Nov. 6, or some other factor like incumbency and experience,
seats are up for election this year.
Bailey is running against Kevin Laird, the incumbent, for Council Seat 3.
is challenging Linda O’Shea, the incumbent, for Council Seat 4.
of what the candidates have said about hillside development and open space
the city needs a strong hillside ordinance that would assure "steep
hillsides remain untouched."
As for open
space, she thinks "the city must be certain the Sun Valley Company
master development plan includes some empty land that is approved along
with new buildings because the majority of open space belongs to the
not said if he is in favor of a hillside ordinance.
issue of open space, he thinks "the key to retaining open space"
is for the city and the public to work with the Sun Valley Co. as it
develops its master plan.
characterizes Sun Valley Co. as "the last major land owner."
favors controlling hillside development. "A hillside ordinance is my
proposed first step to controlling hillside development and will keep
projects such as Triumph Springs from ever being considered," she
that since most open space in Sun Valley is zoned Outdoor Recreational,
any development of it would require a Conditional Use Permit or a change
CUPs and zone changes "puts control of development in the hands of
the P&Z Commission and the City Council. I am committed to preserving
our hillsides and open space."
says she will immediately create a hillside ordinance "that
underwrites and codifies the vision and goals of the comprehensive
will actively seek and encourage development plans that preserve open
space and protect hillside views and that maximize use of existing zoning
City Hall will be open for the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to
8 p.m. The council chambers will be the polling place.
register on Election Day, but they must provide proof of residency and a