Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Stevenson condo project still under P&Z review

Public hearings continued to Jan. 8

Express Staff Writer

A project that was submitted to the city of Ketchum last January will enter the new year still under review.

Ketchum's Planning and Zoning Commission held public hearings Thursday, Dec. 28, on applications from Stevenson Ketchum Fund LLC, one for a development agreement rezone to change the zoning from General Residential-Low Density to General Residential-High Density, the other for a preliminary plat.

Although commissioners indicated they liked the direction the project was going, both public hearings were continued to Jan. 8.

Jack Bariteau, representing his interests in Stevenson Ketchum Fund LLC, is seeking approval for a two-building, 10-unit residential project adjacent to Trail Creek, on the corner of Second Street and Walnut Avenue.

The project includes a two-bedroom affordable housing unit, improvements to Walnut Avenue and a staircase leading into an undeveloped city park adjacent to Trail Creek, and creation of a path leading from the park to Wood River Land Trust-owned property upstream.

"I think it looks pretty good as it is," said Commissioner Greg Strong. "But there's some fine tuning that can happen at a time in the future."

The development of the park could also come with signs around town showing people how to access the public area.

"I kind of look at it as another Rotary Park (as far as) usage," said Commissioner Anne Corrock.

Commissioners requested the applicant put together a construction mitigation plan before the P&Z continues its discussion on the matter.

The P&Z in August had determined that the development agreement rezone met the conditions for approval. Deficiencies, however, were found in that recommendation. City Attorney Ben Worst at an October City Council meeting said the best course of action would be to send the matter back to the P&Z.

Commissioners will make recommendations on the applications, then send them to the City Council for review.

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