Carey P&Z discusses housing directorís
By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer
Beginning the pursuit of a private housing
venture in the city of Carey, Blaine County housing authority director Dick
Duncan Thursday, July 3, presented his ideas for a new housing concept near the
Carey High School.
"The idea behind the project is to put
homes closer together and provide open space (in the subdivision," said Duncan.
It would allow more people to live closer to town and closer to the school.
Duncanís proposal is still in the planning
stages, and he came to Carey the night before Independence Day only to get the
commissionís feedback on his idea.
The lots on the clover leaf-shaped
subdivision design are about 145 to 150 feet deep by 75 feet wide. With required
setbacks, the subdivision would contain 65 homes that could be at least 2,000
square feet. There would be a greenbelt at the one entrance to the subdivision
leading to a park in the middle of the property.
Commission chairwoman Vonnie Olsen
expressed concern about density and fire plans, whether there could be a second
entrance to the property, and she wants to see a traffic impact study.
At this point, however, no plans are in
the works, and the commission is making no official recommendations on
preliminary plats or design review.
Duncan is only gathering information, but
he did say that the plan if approved and built would do more than any public
project to provide affordable housing in the county.
He explained that the housing authority
doesnít have the resources to enter into such a development on its own.
It wouldnít even be able to buy the
property, he said
In regular business, a subdivision
application filed by Eric Alberdi and Mike Kelsey to develop property adjacent
to the Carey Airport was tabled because the applicant is waiting for the results
of environmental tests done on the property.
The commission is considering approval of
a plan that will allow construction of three aircraft hangers. Each would hold
two planes and provide temporary sleeping quarters. Kelsey, the owner of the
property and the applicant, is hoping to sell the property to pilots from Utah
who are seeking the development of livable hangers so they have a place to stay
when they come to town.
Carey ordinances allow for the livable
hangers as the property is zoned, but the person staying must be an owner of the
hanger and is responsible for enforcing the limited use.
"I donít want them renting it out," said
Commissioner Mary Green.
"I would like to see the CC&Rs (codes
conduct and restrictions) on the property)," said commissioner Rick Mecham.
The commission suggested a deed
restriction be put on the property so future owners might be held to the same
standard of use.