Friday, July 24, 2009

Quigley still doesn’t pencil out

Contrary to the headline in last Friday's paper the game hasn't changed at all regarding Quigley, except that the applicant's representative appears to be panicking. Unfortunately, without a project to push there is no employment locally that would afford him the income to which he has grown accustomed.

It seems the mayor can't see past the title work this project may or may not generate. Councilman Haemmerle appears "obsessed with water" as reported by Tony Evans earlier this year. I appreciate his focus on this critical issue.

Hopefully, the remaining three individuals involved in deliberations will apply a more expanded, less myopic awareness to this proposal. Maybe they will conclude that knee-jerk manipulations by a developer this late in the game both diminish his credibility and create an environment absent of trust.

Unwilling to capitulate on conditions recommended by Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission, the applicant's representative threatened to take his project to the County. I encourage the City Council to send him there. The sprawling configuration offered in this proposal is incompatible with existing development in Hailey. Additional annexations are irrational given the substantial inventory that already exists. The County will provide the scrutiny this project has yet to receive.

Online response to Friday's article found citizens irritated at subsidizing services to the last two disasters approved by the Council. The fees offered by the developer are a joke, and need to be calculated using the same formula used for Cutter's, then multiplied by ten to compensate for the area and distances involved in servicing the massive sprawl being proposed.

Quigley Green LLC paid too much for this property. The only way for them to realize a return on their investment is out of the pockets of citizens of Hailey, many of whom don't golf!

William F. Hughes


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