Friday, February 1, 2013

Sun Valley launches comp plan update

Briscoe: First steering committee meeting was ‘productive’

Express Staff Writer

     The city of Sun Valley’s comprehensive plan update steering committee held a launch meeting Wednesday that the mayor characterized as “productive.”

     Idaho law requires cities to update their comprehensive plans every 10 years, and Sun Valley’s update is not due for another two years, but Mayor Dewayne Briscoe he feels the plan is “getting a bit out of date” and the time is right to address that. He said part of his platform when he ran for mayor in November 2011 was that he would begin the update ahead of schedule.

     In an interview before the meeting, Briscoe said, “The Sun Valley Co. submitted about nine suggested changes to the comprehensive plan a little over a year ago, but the city decided the comprehensive plan should not be changed piecemeal, but should be totally reviewed.”

     Briscoe was City Council president at the time the resort suggested the changes.

     In an interview after the meeting, Briscoe said the update process will include six to nine months of steering committee meetings during which the committee’s 14 voting members and four nonvoting “resource” members will outline their objectives for the plan. Then, city staff members will draft a new plan. The Planning and Zoning Commission will then review and revise the draft and pass it along to the City Council for final review, revision and adoption.

     Community Development Director Mark Hofman said the primary purpose of Wednesday’s meeting was for the committee members to discuss the process of electing a committee chair and to establish how often the committee will meet.

“There seems to be great enthusiasm for the mission.”
Dewayne Briscoe

     “Briscoe notified everyone on the committee that if they have interest in being chairman, they should contact him,” he said.

     Briscoe said he will then determine who will be the best fit for the position and will appoint that person as chair. Hofman said the chair will be responsible for running the committee’s meetings, keeping the meetings civil and making sure the committee makes progress as opposed to “going around in circles.”

     Hofman said a date for the next meeting has not yet been set, but it will be noticed on the city’s website at least 48 hours beforehand because the city and the committee want the public to be involved in the process. Briscoe said the next meeting will likely be during the third week in February and subsequent meetings will be about once a month.

     “It was really a very productive meeting last night,” Briscoe said in an interview Thursday. “There seems to be great enthusiasm for the mission.”

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