Wednesday, November 24, 2010

County revisits Hyndman subdivision

Commissioners, landowner discuss deal on public parking


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Winter parking and access to the popular Hyndman Creek trailhead near Triumph will not be reduced, the attorney for a nearby landowner said last Tuesday.

"There has never been a contemplation in reduction of the parking area," said Gary Slette, representative for landowner Jann Wenner.

Wenner has submitted a subdivision application to create three lots on the 162-acre Jasper Ranch, on both sides of Hyndman Creek Road about three miles past Triumph.

The parking area, a total of 7,500 square feet, is used by backcountry skiers and snowshoers heading to the Pioneer yurt and to the various trailheads in the area.

During hearings on Wenner's application, several people said the current parking is too small. Slette said that even though his client has agreed to expand the parking, the issue isn't relevant to the application.

"The creation of this third lot has not created a need for the public use and parking that is being requested," he said.

County commissioners said they may ask for an agreement that would ensure that the road leading to the trail access remains plowed.

The application was originally presented to the County Commission on Nov. 2, but hearings were continued twice due to time constraints and extensive public comment. The commissioners will discuss the application on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey. Public comment will not be taken at the meeting.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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