Hailey Comprehensive Plan amended
Ruling opens door for new hotel
By MATT FURBER
Express staff writer
Expanding the boundary of the Hailey
central business district, the Hailey City Council Monday, Nov. 9, approved an
amendment to the cityís Comprehensive Plan.
The application by Bruce Allen for the
amendment opens the first door in Allenís plans to build a hotel on property he
owns across Highway 75 from Albertsonís and south of McKercher Boulevard.
"There has been a change in the area,"
Allen said, referring to the traffic coming in and out of Albertsonís at the
traffic light at West McKercher Boulevard "There is an increase in highway light
The amendment changes the Economic
Development section of the comprehensive plan, in support of a future
application to rezone property along Highway 75 to business district or limited
The council also decided that the
transitional zone included in the comprehensive plan be removed from the central
business district and used as a buffer between the central business district and
The Comp Plan currently states that the
central business district of the City of Hailey " ... should be the Business,
Limited Business and Transitional areas on or adjacent to Main Street, River
Street, and First Avenue in the Hailey Original Townsite ..."
The purpose of transitional areas, which
are largely residential, is to provide a buffer, said councilman Rick Davis.
"Removing transitional zone from the
central business district allows it to be used as it was intended," he said. It
is not intended to allow growth to "just keep marking north."
The new boundary for the central business
district "squares up" the north end of the city, councilwoman Martha Burke said.
"The last thing I want is for our little town to look like a strip mall."
The land use map shows Albertsonís located
in the transitional zone, City Planner Kathy Grotto said. "The amendment
delineates the language of the comprehensive plan."