Friday, May 18, 2012

Last Quigley hearing set for Monday

Council scheduled to decide issue June 4


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

The public will be given a last chance Monday, May 21, to submit comments on the proposed annexation of about 900 acres in Quigley Canyon, east of Hailey.

Developer Dave Hennessy's proposed plan would bring 444 housing units, four times the amount allowed under county zoning. The developer has offered the city of Hailey an 1880 water right valued at $2.2 million to $3.3 million if the annexation is approved, plus other incentives including public open space and trails.

During the City Council meeting Monday, the council will first hear a rebuttal by Hennessy to questions raised two weeks ago concerning the value of water rights in Quigley Canyon, the estimated $6.7 million in annexation fees proposed by consultants, and the formulas used to derive the fees.

Public comments made Monday will be considered at the next meeting, on June 4, with no public comments taken then.

Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said the council will decide the issue at the June 4 meeting. The decision will put to rest an annexation request that has occupied city staff and public officials on and off since 2007.

A water rights study, fiscal impact study and other Quigley information are available on the city's website at www.haileycityhall.org.

The public hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Wood River Middle School in Room 860. For more information, contact Heather Dawson at 788-4221, ext. 18, or heather.dawson@haileycityhall.org.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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