Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Plan well at River Run

Sun Valley Co. has projected a 15- to 20-year timeline for the River Run development. Why then is the city putting a rush on the approval process? The River Run project will have more impact on the city of Ketchum than all the projects of the last 30 years combined. Think about it: an entire new city, population 600, estimated employees 600, with the creation of a completely new business district. Doesn't this call for more deliberation? Why isn't there more community involvement in this monumental undertaking?

My concern is for the parcel of woods and habitat south of the current River Run. When developers give a timeline of 15 to 20 years for construction, it lulls people to sleep. It becomes easy to think there is plenty of time to save the woods, the largest woods in the city of Ketchum. However, this is not true. Decisions are being made now that, once finalized, sabotage any possibility of setting that land aside.

It is unreasonable to ask Sun Valley Co. to simply turn over that acreage for nothing. No, our city leaders must make the effort to bargain for it. And what do they have to bargain? Variances in the PUD: things such as building heights and footprints, housing and hotel units. These decisions are being made now. The future is too late.

Please get involved. Contact the city. Contact the ERC. Contact the Wood River Land Trust.

Maya JB Burrell


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