Friday, August 31, 2012

Hailey eyes new ‘mobility plan’

City Council to discuss proposed ordinance on Sept. 17


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Hailey could soon have a new ordinance consolidating the implementation process for new street, sidewalk and bike path standards. The ordinance, known as the Hailey Mobility Plan, would be used in perpetuity for developments in the city that trigger construction of sidewalks.

Construction standards for the streets, sidewalks and bike lanes have been cut from the proposed ordinance and left in the city’s zoning ordinance.

On Monday, the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed portions of the Mobility Plan, formerly called Title 18 or Complete Streets. 

The Mobility Plan provides guidelines for new street, bike lane and sidewalk dimensions on specific categories of streets in the city. The street categories are based on the amounts of traffic they carry and for what purpose.

The plan calls for more intensive development of bike and pedestrian access throughout the city, with wider sidewalks and bike lanes on busier streets, and parking configurations that would accommodate increased bike and pedestrian access. 

Developers would be required to follow rules in the plan for developments of five lots or more. For smaller developments, the plan would be used as a guideline only.

Community Development Director Micah Austin said the plan would be used when and if the city develops River Street, one of the next big infrastructure projects planned in Hailey.

Additional layers of public notice and comment requirements have been built into the new ordinance to allow for possible flexibility due to local circumstances.

“It will slow down the process, but allow for more public involvement,” Austin said.

The plan will be discussed in detail at a public meeting of the City Council on Monday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Also scheduled for that meeting is a request by Austin for a loan from the City Council to the city’s Urban Renewal Agency.  

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com

 




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