Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Sun Valley eyes zoning changes


By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer

The city of Sun Valley is trying to tighten up its zoning code before a property-rights initiative has a chance to pass in the November general election.

The Sun Valley City Council began work last week to create an Open Space zoning district, a new district that would preserve land for limited, passive use.

The council's work to bring its official zoning map into line with the 2005 comprehensive plan update comes in light of a private-property-rights-oriented initiative known as Proposition 2.

Implementation of the city's comprehensive plan is on the fast track, thanks to a citizen initiative that would require Idaho counties and cities to pay landowners whose property values are decreased by land-use laws. If passed, Proposition 2 would not apply to land-use laws already in effect.

The council began Friday, Aug. 4, to amend the city's official zoning map to include an Open Space zone and designate open lands within the city. No actual open space zoning classification currently exists.

The city will continue discussions of land-use regulation changes at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at City Hall. Sun Valley is trying to implement any foreseeable changes in the city's land-use regulations before the November election and potential passage of Proposition 2.




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