Sun Valley P&Z
hears Sagewillow school plan
150 show up to
Express Staff Writer
people, most of them wearing blue and white Community School ribbons,
attended the Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Tuesday
engineer Mike Riggs, left, and architect Mark Cork describe the three
phases of construction of the proposed Community School elementary campus
during a site visit to the Sagewillow campus Tuesday morning. Express
photos by Willy Cook
main attraction was a proposed elementary school to be built at The
Community School’s Sagewillow campus in Elkhorn.
campus was donated to the school by the Dumke family in 1998.
heard presentations from school officials and their planning team about
the school’s applications for a conditional use permit and design review
in the Sawtooth Room of the Elkhorn Resort.
Sagewillow campus, located behind the Sun Valley/Elkhorn fire station on
Arrowleaf Road, is zoned outdoor/recreational. Schools are one of the
types of development allowed in the OR zone, with the approval of the
number of people in attendance, no public comment was taken.
deliberately split the public hearing into two meetings, May 14 and 28,
because of time constraints.
chair Jim McLaughlin told the audience that the first meeting would be
devoted to hearing the school’s presentation, staff reports, and a site
Valley commissioners, Community School staff and the school’s
development team pore over building plans at the school’s Sagewillow
campus. The building behind them is the stable, which the school hopes to
convert into administrative offices and classrooms for early childhood
development. Express photos by Willy Cook
on May 28, also in the Sawtooth Room at 9 a.m., will be devoted to public
comment and The Community School’s response to it.
may also make its decision whether or not to recommend the applications at
Butch Reifert said construction would be in three phases.
phase would start sometime in September 2002 and end in August 2003. The
existing indoor arena would be removed, the existing stable would be
converted into an administration and early childhood development building.
to refurbishing the stable, a new classroom building for grades one
through five, an "eating and performance" building and a
caretaker’s home would be constructed in the first phase.
said these buildings would add up to 22,139 square feet.
completion of this phase would have a population of 132 pupils from
pre-kindergarten to fifth grade and 21 faculty and staff.
phase would start sometime in June 2007 and end in May 2008.
classroom building and a library would be built.
buildings would add up to 12,650 square feet.
would begin in June 2012 and end in April 2013. The school would be adding
another 7,100 square feet by building a multipurpose facility.
said after the third phase, the campus would have a population of 190
pupils from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and 37 faculty and staff.
engineer Mike Riggs estimated that with 132 pupils and 21 faculty and
staff there would be 280 incoming cars and 280 outgoing cars on a daily
basis at the campus.
pupils and 37 faculty and staff, there would be 403 incoming cars and 403
outgoing cars on a daily basis at the campus.
He said the
peak traffic times would be 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30
analysis of the impact of traffic on the intersection of Morning Star and
Elkhorn roads showed that drivers currently wait 9.7 seconds to enter
new school in 2003, the wait would be 10.8 seconds. In 2013, the wait
would be 15.8 seconds.
that at present, at the intersection of Morning Star and Arrowleaf roads,
drivers wait 8.5 seconds to enter traffic. In 2003, Riggs estimated the
wait would be 8.9 seconds, and 9.4 seconds in 2013.
Yantis, who did the acoustical study for the school, said that the
existing noise level near the campus was "quiet," and said the
new school would increase noise from traffic, the school playground and
said, all these would be within the 55 dBA and 65 dBA levels set by
A dBA is a
unit of measurement of the relative intensity of sounds. Normal
conversation is about 60 dBA, a busy freeway is about 70 dBA, and a
jackhammer is about 100 dBA.
Community School board of trustees chairman Michael Engl had the final
word for the school.
an unabashed supporter of the Community School," he said.
Dumkes’ donation an "enlightened foresight," he urged the
P&Z to give their approval to the school’s plan for Sagewillow.