Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Donít annex Broadford land

Can you believe it? The Hailey City Council is set to vote soon on a measure that would annex 21 acres of property on Broadford Road into the city limits and allow yet another massive housing development in Hailey. Part of Hailey's comprehensive plan calls for the "protection of the environment, quality of life, and infrastructure from damage by unchecked, unmanaged growth."

If this is approved, I can't see how this is anything but "unmanaged" and "unchecked" growth. Does the Hailey City Council really believe we need another housing development along one of the most beautiful and scenic rural roads in the valley when Sweetwater sits empty and unfinished; when Cutters sits there with no houses on it; when there are numerous empty lots still sitting in Northridge and Broadford Road; when there are countless other homes and lots that sit waiting to be sold? Where is the demand?

I and many other Hailey and valley residents urge the Hailey City Council to listen. Keep the growth of Hailey in check, preserve the beauty and character of Broadford Road and Colorado Gulch, and don't unfairly and forcibly annex other Broadford Road properties into the city. If you care about this decision, then please attend the next City Council meeting on March 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Cynthia Gallegos


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