Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Developer to present Quigley plans

Homes, golf course, Nordic center proposed on east side of city

Express Staff Writer

The owner of Quigley Canyon Ranch near Hailey, CG Elkhorn Group, has submitted plans to annex into Hailey and develop 1,109-acres east of the city limits. Courtesy graphic.

The city of Hailey will hold the first of several public hearings Monday, April 7, to get public comment on an annexation request that would bring 379 homes, an 18-hole golf course and a Nordic skiing facility into Quigley Canyon, east of the city.

The purpose of the hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission is for developer Quigley Green Owners LLC to present an overview of the proposal to annex into Hailey and develop 1,109 acres of ranch land. Annexation into the city could allow development of three times the number of homes that would be allowed under the site's current zoning in Blaine County.

The proposed development would cover mostly agricultural land along 1.5 miles of Quigley Creek, and include a 200-acre golf course financed by the developer and deeded to the Blaine County Recreation District. Plans also call for a restored Quigley Creek with ponds, nearly 20 acres of parks, five miles of bike trails and a community garden.

Hailey Planning Director Beth Robrahn said the city has become concerned with the developer's plans to restrict motor vehicle access from Quigley Road into the canyon, relying instead on a single access road on the southern side of the canyon near Wood River High School.

"The current plans do not meet the city's fire code," Robrahn said. "The city will need to work out with the developer future transportation plans for the canyon."

Robrahn said the public hearing will also allow the developer to present wildlife and recreation studies required by the city under the annexation request. The commission will ask initial questions of the applicant and will request additional information if deemed necessary. The developer will also provide an overview of requested waivers to city standards.

The hearing will take place as part of the commission's regular meeting on April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of Hailey City Hall. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the annexation request. Written comments can be sent to city of Hailey offices at 115 Main St., Suite H, Hailey, ID 83333.

Open houses are tentatively planned for April 23 and May 7 to provide the public an additional opportunity to review the application and have city staff and the developer answer questions about the proposal.

On June 2, the completed Quigley annexation application will be presented by the developer to the commission. At that time, staff will give a presentation on the major areas of the Hailey Comprehensive Plan related to annexation, including growth and management and land use.

On June 3, the public hearing will be opened again. There will be comment cards for people to write down their comments and questions. On June 4, if the commission decides that no additional information is needed from the developer, it will schedule a date to determine its recommendations to the City Council.

Further information on the Quigley annexation request and development plans for Quigley Canyon can be found at Robrahn can be reached for more information at 788-9815, ext. 13.

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