New plan offered for Old Cutters
Hailey annexation proposal dubbed
By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer
After a three-month hiatus from the public
review process, an application for annexing a 143-acre county property known as
Old Cutters into the city of Hailey returned to the Hailey Planning and Zoning
Commission for another round of city review.
The commission has not yet discussed the
application in its most recent permutation, but Commission Chairman Pat Cooley
said it was a very contentious issue for the public. At the outset of the
meeting Monday, Cooley explained that the commission would take public written
comment on the application until Aug. 10, before an Aug. 16 meeting when the
commission expects to have more detailed information about the potential impacts
the development would have on city infrastructure.
In March, the city council remanded the
application to the planning and zoning commission for further review.
On Monday, the commission heard
substantial public comment both for and against annexation approval based on the
latest proposal, which is different from ideas submitted by the developers when
it was first presented to the city in November 2003.
The commission is charged with deciding if
the annexation application conforms to the Hailey Comprehensive Plan and, if so,
it must also decide what the appropriate zoning designation should be before the
city council makes a final decision.
City staff is researching possible fiscal,
infrastructure and environmental impacts to water resources, sewage treatment
capabilities, the level of fire safety protection, park maintenance and traffic
The property is located northeast of
Hailey, adjacent to the Dove Meadows subdivision and farmland known as the
Dumpke property in Hailey. It is also adjacent to the Buttercup subdivision in
The developers, John Campbell and Steve
Brown, returned to the commission this week with two conceptual plans for city
review. They presented plans for what they called a pedestrian friendly
neighborhood akin to old Hailey, but with larger lot sizes, alley-side garage
parking, a large landscaping budget, and requirements for porches and intentions
to achieve the city’s recreation and parks goals.
Although some residents view the project
as part of the solution for providing affordable housing and in conformance with
the city’s comprehensive plan, others voiced concern that the plans will only
add to current traffic problems, especially pedestrian safety and impacts on
water, sewer and wildlife.
For others in favor of the project,
another benefit is that the project would increase the property inventory in the
city. Others who were opposed said denying the application would not preclude
the city from having some influence over development if the property is
developed in the county.
The developers said they came to the city
for annexation because they understood that the city wanted added control over
how the property might get developed.
One version of the plan, referred to as a
"base plan," shows 99 house lots. A "community housing" option would increase
the density of the 74 developable acres on the property, but is intended to
provide 113 lots including 10 duplex affordable housing units for a total of 123
Of the total 143 acres, 69 acres are above
the 15 percent slope line on undevelopable land. Another 2.6 acres lie within
The proposed 99 units represent a gross
density of approximately 1.4 units per acre. The 123 units in the community
housing option represent a gross density of 1.7 units for acre. The net density
of the project--including a park, or "passive green space," and area of land in
streets--is approximately 2.6 units per acre in the base plan and 3.2 units per
acre in the community housing option.
There will be at least one more planning
and zoning commission hearing before the application is passed back to the city
"We want the city council to understand
this is a work in progress, Campbell said, explaining that the developers laid
the plans out as a base for the city’s consideration. "If you decide you want
something in between the two plans, we are open to that."