Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Keep public land public


To Blaine County School District, Mr. Mike Chatterton,

Let's review:

 Peregrine Ranch subdivision remains at this time unapproved by Blaine County.

 Rinker Development wants to use public property to transfer and build the yet unapproved affordable housing units for the yet unapproved Peregrine Ranch subdivision.

 Rinker Development will "donate 25 acres" to the school district, however, the "donation is contingent on the city of Bellevue's approval" of Rinker Development request for a 660-unit subdivision.

 Once these yet unapproved affordable housing units for the yet unapproved Peregrine Ranch subdivision are built, those who would purchase them wouldn't own the land they rest upon but rather remain the domain of the Blaine County School District and the group would be "prioritized to school district employees."

Here are some action items for the Blaine County School District:

 Keep the horse in front of the cart at all times.

 Keep public land public, period, end of story.

 Donations are charitable. They don't come with a "caveat or carrot." You either give freely or you don't give.

 If the county approves the yet unapproved affordable housing units for the yet unapproved Peregrine Ranch subdivision and then allows Harry Rinker to transfer the affordable housing offsite, ensure that it's available to "all persons who qualify" and not a segregated group.

 If the city of Bellevue deems it prudent and to the good for the city of Bellevue to annex Rinker Developments' 660-unit subdivision, then at that time it should be considered as a potential location for these yet unapproved affordable housing units for the yet unapproved Peregrine Ranch subdivision.

 If the yet unapproved affordable housing units for the yet unapproved Peregrine Ranch subdivision cannot be transferred, then place them in the Peregrine Ranch subdivision so that deed-restricted homeowners can enjoy the benefits of living next to a golf course as was done by Henry Dean with the Village Green development at the Valley Club.

 Be prudent, plan carefully and at all times act wisely.

John J. Galgano

Hailey




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