Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sun Valley preparing to update comp plan

City to conduct early review and revision of 2005 document


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

With an eye toward the busy summer season, the city of Sun Valley is making preparations now for public review and update of the 2005 Comprehensive Plan Update.

To get a head start on the public process during slack season—when many second-homeowners are out of town—city officials on April 23 discussed a work plan and a steering committee to get the project going.

Sun Valley is reviewing its comp plan a few years earlier than originally planned because of citizen and council members' concerns that surfaced last summer during land-use applications.

The city at a meeting last month established an early update as a priority; city staff came back this month with a draft work program—or framework—for the council to review.

The Community Development Department will facilitate the process and work to ensure public notification and involvement, according to department director Mark Hofman.

The mayor and council will be seeking citizens to serve on the steering committee and eventually will have to approve the update for it to be in effect. If the committee is in place by June, members could hold meetings and work sessions through the summer.

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"The steering committee will work intensively with the public and staff, sometimes in large meetings to address the primary issues considered for amendment and to elicit comments and recommendations from the community," states a staff report.

Recommended revisions would then go through the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council.

The city will solicit interested citizens for the committee over the next couple of weeks. Candidates will be interviewed by Mayor Dewayne Briscoe and Councilman Nils Ribi, then approved by the full council.

"This is the vision of the community," Ribi said. "We do want a broad cross-section [of people]."

About $12,000 will be set aside in this fiscal year's budget for the update. A new budget year begins Oct. 1, so additional funds could be spent in fiscal 2013. The update is expected to cost considerably less than the last comp plan update because much of the work will be done in-house and by citizen volunteers.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com

Want to participate?

For questions about the comp plan update, call the Community Development Department, at 622-4438. Citizens interested in participating in the steering committee may submit a letter of interest to the mayor.




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