Sun Valley to unveil master
Public meeting scheduled for
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
In a long-awaited presentation,
Sun Valley Co. officials on Tuesday, April 6, will unveil the company’s
master development plan for the next 40 to 50 years.
The public meeting—technically a
special meeting of the Sun Valley City Council—is scheduled to begin at
6 p.m. in the Limelight Room convention center at the Sun Valley Inn.
The River Run base area of Bald
Mountain, southwest of downtown Ketchum, could be developed with new
commercial and residential projects as part of a long-term master plan
being proposed by Sun Valley Co. Much of the area is currently used for
parking. Express photo by Willy Cook
Sun Valley Co. officials will
conduct an approximately 45-minute presentation of the plan, followed by
an approximately one-hour public question-and-answer session.
Residents of Sun Valley and the
surrounding area have been encouraged to attend.
"The plan is forward looking and
exciting," said Sun Valley Mayor Jon Thorson. "However, there are a few
areas earmarked for potential development that I consider ‘sacred
Thorson said he believes it is
important for the public to understand what the city’s largest landowner
is planning, particularly because the city is preparing to update its
Ron LeBlanc, Ketchum city
administrator, said he and other senior Ketchum officials had recently
viewed the plan in individual briefings conducted by the company.
However, a meeting to present the
master plan in Ketchum has not been scheduled.
Sun Valley Co. in 2003 completed a
detailed master plan for its expansive property holdings in the Sun
Valley area. The plan was exhibited last summer to numerous elected
officials in Ketchum and Sun Valley.
However, Sun Valley Co. officials
last year canceled a public presentation of the plan after they decided
a series of changes and refinements were necessary.
Sun Valley Co. owns approximately
2,600 acres of land in and around Sun Valley, and has considerable lease
holdings of U.S. Forest Service land on Bald Mountain, west of Ketchum.
The master plan is being prepared
by Design Workshop, a renowned resort-planning firm with offices in
Denver, Park City, Utah, and Jackson, Wyo.
The plan reportedly calls for
extensive development of the River Run base area of Bald Mountain, where
the company owns approximately 130 acres of land governed by Blaine
County. Ketchum city officials are expecting Sun Valley Co. to
eventually file an application to annex the land into Ketchum.
It also calls for new residential
and commercial development in Sun Valley, city officials have noted.
The city of Sun Valley is expected
to cooperate with Sun Valley Co. throughout 2004 to incorporate
individual elements of the master plan into a new, updated comprehensive
plan for the city.
Sun Valley Co., like all
landowners, will be required in the future to gain approval for
individual development projects it proposes.