Wednesday, June 22, 2011

P&Z supports elements of Friedman plan

It was reported in the June 8 edition that the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission decided unanimously not to back the plan of the redevelopment strategy of Friedman Memorial Airport, and that the city stumbled at the first hurdle in the process. We would like to clarify and correct this account of the June 6 P&Z meeting.

The commission was asked to discuss whether the redevelopment plan and feasibility analysis was consistent with the Hailey comprehensive plan and provide feedback to the City Council. After some discussion, a majority of the commission's comments were supportive of the overall redevelopment strategy, and we passed on our comments, concerns and suggestions for further review to the council. The comprehensive plan outlines development goals for the city for the next 20 years, including connectivity, sustainability and economic diversity. All three of these goals are met in the redevelopment plan plus many more. The commission did not make any motion regarding compliance because it did not want its review confused with approval of a land-use application.

On Friday before the June 27 meeting of the City Council, the city will post on its website the agenda and supporting documents. You can review the comments and concerns we passed on to the council. We hope that people will attend the City Council and future P&Z meetings to be part of the process. Make your voice heard.

Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission

Geoffrey Moore, Mark Johnstone, Owen Scanlon, Michael Pogue and Janet Fugate

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