Crown Ranch passes
SV council review
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Express Staff Writer
Valley City Council approved the preliminary plat of Crown Ranch
Subdivision Phase IV, but not until the developers agreed to a couple of
developers, Lane and Kristin Monroe, agreed to remove one of the seven
units and draw two of the remaining units back from a hillside.
held a public hearing on the application on April 17 after the Sun Valley
Planning and Zoning Commission forwarded the plat to the council with its
approval on March 12.
developers have faced public criticism of their project ever since they
presented their plans to the P&Z at the end of May 2001.
time, nearby residents in Elkhorn complained that the units would be
"painfully" visible against the skyline.
developed Crown Ranch phases I through III overlook residents on Morning
Star Road and its intersection with Elkhorn Road.
residents objected to the proposed fourth phase because it would obscure
their view of southern ridgelines and mountain peaks.
meeting Wednesday, Sunpointe resident Lynn Bockemohle told the council
that she spoke for half of her neighbors.
complaint is building on the ridgelines. I have seen the story poles
across our gorgeous view. When are you going to stop people from building
on ridgelines?" she asked.
are poles developers put up to show city officials the heights of the
buildings they are proposing.
Tierney, president of the Sunpointe Homeowners Association, told council
members that she opposed developments "obliterating the
said, "youíll see nothing, and development will shadow existing
As part of
the meeting Wednesday, the council paid a visit to the site to view the
story poles and locations of the proposed townhomes.
everyone returned to the council chambers to continue discussions and hear
public comment, it was Councilwoman Ann Agnew who brought up the idea of
pulling two units back from the ridgeline.
two units are big structures and youíve put them in the most sensitive
part of the site," she said.
suggested that a unit be removed and the two townhomes most visible from
the roads below be pulled back from the hillside.
the problem with the development was that it was "this many, this
large, and this visible a site."
Wilson said that the units for phase IV were larger than those in phases I
through III and therefore "loomed larger" on the hillside,
especially the two out on a point of the hillside that Agnew indicated.
two donít appear sensitive to the site and to the community," he
Robertson, an attorney for the developers, reminded the council that the
proposed subdivision did not violate the zoning ordinance and that the
property was zoned for high-density multi-family dwellings.
In fact, he
said, the density and building heights were lower than what was allowed by
told the council that his clients wanted "a vote, up or down, on what
you see before you."
responded, "You donít want an amended site, but an up or down
down," Robertson said.
Lud Renick said he thought "thatís a brutal way to go."
would like to approve it with modifications, and let the chips fall where
they may," he said.
"up or down" vote was averted after a short conference between
Robertson and the Monroes, and the application was tabled until Friday,
application of six townhomes, with the two most visible buildings pulled
back from the hillside, was approved that day.