Copper Ranch project gets green light
Hailey Council unanimously approves
Copper Ranch PUD
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Hailey City Council members
enthusiastically gave final approval this week to a proposal to remodel the
former Ironwood Tennis Club facility in Woodside and build 135 condominiums on
two adjacent properties.
The high-profile project—called Copper
Ranch—was proposed by Lido Equities Group, a development group headed by chief
executive officer Jeff E. Smith, a resident of Ketchum and Los Angeles.
After briefly considering the proposal
Monday, March 31, council members granted Smith unanimous approval to build the
Copper Ranch project as a planned-unit development.
"A PUD is about trade-offs," Councilwoman
Carol Brown said. "And for me the trade-offs benefit the city tremendously."
A PUD essentially offers the developer
specific benefits, such as variances to applicable zoning regulations, which are
exchanged for concessions made to benefit the public.
All four council members, including Brown,
Rick Davis, Don Keirn and Martha Burke, praised the project proposal as one of
the finest that the city has ever seen.
"I think it is an incredibly well thought
out project," Burke said.
Hailey Planning and Zoning commissioners
on Feb. 18, unanimously voted to recommend that City Council conditionally
approve the proposed PUD for the approximately 10-acre site along Woodside
The P&Z on the same date also issued
design-review approval for the project’s structures, an element of the
application that did not require City Council approval.
The Copper Ranch project includes:
- Construction of 29 condominium
buildings ranging in size from approximately 7,200 square feet to 4,300 square
feet. Most structures would include five residential units and some would
include three units.
- Remodeling and enlarging the existing
health-club facility. The club—called The Club at Copper Ranch—will include
exercise facilities, a day-care room, lounge, locker rooms, 25-meter indoor
swimming pool and hot tub in an approximately 13,600-square-foot building. The
entire remodeled club would comprise approximately 36,000 square feet of
- Three 576-square-foot commercial
structures. The buildings would separately house a sales office, sports
medicine center and sports pro shop.
The project’s first phase—to remodel the
health club, build the commercial structures and construct two model residential
structures—is scheduled to start in April. Construction of the remaining
residential buildings is approved to take place in four subsequent,
six-month-long phases lasting until April 2005.
Lido Equities Group asked the city for
approval of a PUD primarily because the project design includes a private street
and encroaches into a setback on Woodside Boulevard.
As the primary concession to the public,
project representatives agreed to pay an approximately $71,000 fee to the city
specifically for the development of Woodside Central Park.
In addition, the developers plan to build
a public bus stop at the site that could be used by Wood River Rideshare’s Peak
Bus in future years.
City officials negotiated the $71,000 fee
at the same time they stopped pursuing a commitment by the developers to
guarantee limited, cost-free public use of the project’s recreational
facilities. The P&Z had ordered that city officials should negotiate some
guaranteed public use of the club as a public amenity.
The Club at Copper Ranch will be operated
as a public facility. Brown told the developers she wants to see membership fees
The developers can still negotiate free
use of the facilities to benefit the public, but such negotiations will not be
conducted as a condition of the project permit, city officials noted.