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For the week of July 9 - 15, 2003


Draft of Sun Valley ‘Hillside Ordinance’ to go before public

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Planning and Zoning commissioners will take public comment next week on a new draft ordinance that proposes to restrict development on steep hillsides.

At a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 15, at 9 a.m. in Sun Valley City Hall, the panel will present its draft "Mountain Overlay Ordinance," also called the "Hillside Ordinance."

After the hearing, the six-member P&Z will likely vote on whether to recommend the legislation to the Sun Valley City Council for final consideration.

Mayor David Wilson last month personally asked the P&Z to have the draft ordinance completed and forwarded to the City Council before that panel’s next meeting on Thursday, July 17.

After the council reviews the proposed ordinance, council members would be required to schedule their own public hearing on the proposal before rendering a final decision. Once the council has taken public comment on the proposal, it could vote on whether to adopt the proposed amendments to the Sun Valley City Code.

The P&Z on Tuesday, July 8, was scheduled to hold a final discussion on the draft Hillside Ordinance, which is essentially aimed at regulating—not altogether banning—new development on the city’s numerous hillside parcels.



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