Friday, July 1, 2005

Warm Springs Ranch discussion to continue with City Council


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum City Council will return from the Fourth of July holiday weekend facing a full schedule of public meetings next week.

City offices will be closed Monday, July 4. The council's regular bi-monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 5, at 5 p.m.

On the agenda is the first reading of an ordinance amending development impact fees. Council members are scheduled to hold a second reading of the development-impact-fee issue Wednesday, July 6, at noon at City Hall. The meeting will be followed by a site visit to Warm Springs Ranch, the 76-acre property northwest of downtown Ketchum that is proposed for annexation into the city.

The council will hold a special meeting on the Warm Springs Ranch annexation and development proposal at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, at the American Legion Hall, 220 Cottonwood St.

"We were looking for a bigger venue. We expect more than 100 people," said Mayor Ed Simon. "The developer will make a presentation then we'll take public comment. It's the first salvo of what should be a very long process."

The Ketchum Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Warm Springs Ranch project May 5.

Development group Sun Valley Ventures has three applications before the city: annexation, a conditional-use permit for the Warms Springs Ranch development, and a "large block preliminary plat."

The development's plan includes 30 affordable housing units, a 37-acre public park, a public hiking trail connecting Warm Springs Village to the River Run base area of Bald Mountain, the restoration of Warm Springs Creek, a hotel, 75 condominiums, a new restaurant, a parking garage, six public tennis courts and $7,500 per year to fund a youth golf program.

Opposition during public hearings at the P&Z stage focused on the project's footprint, the likelihood of increased vehicular traffic and a plan to decommission the site's golf course.




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