Friday, October 29, 2004

P&Z examines SV master plan process

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Planning and Zoning commission began considerations of an ordinance that would enable the commission to establish a process to review and approve master plans within the city. The commission considered a preliminary draft of a master plan ordinance that would insure the orderly planning and development of land during a work session at the regular meeting held on Tuesday, Oct 26.

The commission has yet to decide what development situations would require submittal of a master plan. The drafted ordinance states that the process may be applied to all zones with Sun Valley.

The proposed ordinance sets forth an application process that includes requirements for large-scale projects. The ordinance outlines applications must include the use, density, design standards and general site planning for the project. Requirements include transportation, parking, open space, drainage, infrastructure and affordable housing plans. The drafted ordinance also necessitates an outline of intended construction phases. The plans are not required to include the detail elements necessary in the design review process.

Earlier in the year the commission approved a master plan for the Elkhorn Springs development. Deliberations over the approval process for the Elkhorn Springs Master Plan brought forth the need for a standardized way to approve master plan projects.

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