subdivision plan denied
Express Staff Writer
County Commission unanimously denied an application to build a 21-lot
neighborhood on semi-rural Broadford Road, south of Hailey, because the
plan was flawed, the commission said.
Bob Dreyer’s Orchards subdivision would have created 21 lots on 21.5
acres of alfalfa fields, with each lot served by an individual septic
system. Plans called for 7.5 acres of open space with a manmade pond for
aesthetics and to help with fire protection.
The area is
zoned for residential development with one home per acre. But Dreyer asked
for slightly higher density than that under the county’s planned unit
development ordinance, which allows higher density in exchange for
"superior design and amenities."
heart, I cannot see superiority, I’m sorry," said Commissioner
Dennis Wright during a public hearing May 15.
widespread criticism of the plan, with which Wright agreed, concerned the
septic systems. He and others worried that the septic systems, clustered
on lots of less than an acre, would threaten groundwater quality.
Central District Health Department approved of the plan, however.
suggested Dreyer ask the city of Hailey for permission to connect with the
city’s sewer line, which runs within a few hundred yards of the
property. Cities typically allow hookups only inside city boundaries.
commission also said that the pond would be a nuisance by attracting
animals and by attracting children to thin ice in winter. Dreyer said that
residents could be required to install a temporary eight-foot fence around
the pond in the winter, an idea the commission rejected as impractical.
commission also said that the plan would have too great of an impact on
the surrounding roads, especially Broadford Road. Wright said that Dreyer
would need to offer at least $40,000 worth of improvements on Broadford
Road for his plan to pass.
because Dreyer’s property is located near the Hailey airport, a
neighborhood there would result in more noise complaints, the commission
said. A plan for soundproofing houses would have alleviated their
concerns, the commissioners said. But Dreyer said no extra soundproofing
would be needed.
commission voted, Dreyer said he was disappointed because he wasn’t
allowed to offer changes to his plan during the meeting. But the
commission said he had a chance to address its concerns in writing before
been to other meetings where there’s a little bit of
communication," he said.