Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Quigley housing isnít needed

The Quigley annexation filed several years ago continues to be fatally flawed. Its approval by the city of Hailey would be an irreversible and grievous mistake.

The water is simply not there for 444 new homes. Acquiring "senior water rights" is an absolute red herring. The traffic impacts on east Hailey residential neighborhoods would double or triple. Roundabout Band-Aids would do nothing to ameliorate the steady rumble of vehicles. Stressful noise would accelerate. Property values would plummet.

Eight hundred-plus platted lots currently exist within city boundaries already served by water, sewer, fire, etc. Purchasers have a wide choice. Previous city governments have wisely counseled that growth be kept near the city core. Home foreclosures are drastically up. The sour economy will persist. A patently unneeded massive new development would be an unmitigated disaster. The "rah rah" boom days of unsustainable growth are over!

I sincerely believe that our capable city leaders have wisely learned from the Sweetwater and Old Cutters mega-mistakes costing taxpayers millions. Now they must act accordingly.

We have been fooled twice. No more boondoggles. Our city government must live within its financial and managerial means. City leaders owe Hailey citizen taxpayers everything. They owe the developer nothing. Annexation is a privilege, but only when clearly justified.

Quigley annexation makes zero fiscal, social or environmental sense and fails every credibility test. I strongly stress that the P&Z recommended denial for annexation on Nov. 7. Please speak up. Attend the important public hearing April 30. At stake is our inherent residual quality of quiet residential life.

Scott Phillips


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