Thumbs up on Pineridge
Itís time for Ketchumís leaders to put
their votes where their mouths are.
Each member of the Ketchum Planning and
Zoning Commission and the City Council has said he or she supports development
of community housing for working people whose annual incomes donít register in
Yet, the city has rejected plan after plan
for community housing, with two small exceptionsóThe Fields at Warm Springs, and
a handful of units south of town.
The city has another chance to make good
on what look more and more like hollow promises.
Pineridge, a 32-unit development with 13
units of community housing, is proposed on more than two acres now occupied by
the old defunct Heidelberg motel on Warm Springs Road.
Pineridgeís density is similar to other
residential developments in the same area
Like The Fields, Pineridge is perfectly
situated on the KART line and next to the cityís new bike path.
Opponents are dragging out the same tired
arguments used against the Fields, most of them wrong.
The Fields wasnít too dense. It didnít
reduce the value of adjacent properties. Its cars didnít clog Warm Springs Road.
Neither will Pineridge.
Pineridge meets city requirements for
density in a planned unit development, height and open space. Itís tasteful and
Whatís not to like? Itís exactly the
win-win kind of private development the city has said repeatedly that it wants.
Yet, two P&Z commissioners who live near
it claim the Pineridge design is insensitive and not in harmony with the area.
One neighboring project contains higher
densities. Another stares at the Heidelbergís bare cinderblock firewall.
Pineridge, on the other hand, contains well landscaped buffers and setbacks.
Ketchum needs the housing, and Pineridge
would be a credit to the neighborhood. P&Z should give it thumbs up.