Sun Villas decision
P&Z to reconsider 97-unit
project on Jan. 27
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Sun Valley Planning and Zoning
commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 9, opted to delay a vote on a revised proposal to
construct four multi-story residential buildings on the so-called "Sunshine
Parcel" in Elkhorn.
After a 90-minute review of plans to build
97 condominium units as part of a project called Sun Villas, commissioners
decided to reconsider the application Tuesday, Jan. 27.
The meeting Tuesday was the first on a
revised plan by New York City-based Blackacre Capital Management to develop the
Sunshine Parcel. The group in 2002 first proposed a 111-unit Sun Villas
development, which was reduced to 105 units before it was rejected by the P&Z in
After Sun Villas representatives appealed
the P&Z decision to the Sun Valley City Council, that panel voted unanimously
last June to remand the development proposal back to the P&Z, despite numerous
objections from Elkhorn residents.
The project site—a vacant 4.26-acre
commercial-zoned parcel—is located immediately north of the former Elkhorn
Similar to the original application for
Sun Villas, the revised application proposes four multi-story buildings with
underground parking, each of which would be located on a subdivided lot
approximately one acre in size.
Two, five-story buildings on the north
side of the site are proposed to be essentially the same as in the plan rejected
by the P&Z last spring. However, project architects have made numerous changes
to the two buildings proposed for the south end of the Sunshine Parcel.
Project architect Michael Doty proposed
that the two buildings on the south end of the site reach heights of
approximately 53 feet and 55 feet, respectively, well shy of the 64-foot height
limit in the city’s Commercial Center zoning district. The two south-end
structures are proposed to include four stories.
Doty noted that the new proposal includes
significant amounts of additional landscaping, but acknowledged that no changes
were made to the two buildings proposed for the north end of the site. The two
north-end buildings would respectively reach heights of approximately 64 feet
and 60 feet.
Several neighbors of the project site
spoke out against the revised Sun Villas plan Tuesday.
Darrell Scott, a resident of the adjacent
Indian Springs residential complex, said he is dissatisfied with the changes
made to the plans. "I’d say many of the concerns that were expressed in the past
are still there," he said.
Barry Luboviski, an attorney representing
the residents of the neighboring Sunburst and Village condominium complexes,
urged commissioners to reject the new plan immediately. "It’s too damn big for
this property and it doesn’t meet your design review ordinance," he said.
Commissioner Nils Ribi said the applicants
inadequately addressed previous requests from members of the P&Z and City
Council to reduce the size and bulk of the project. "You failed miserably on the
north end," Ribi said.