Friday, February 21, 2014

Lane Ranch North moves ahead

Final plat granted for 4-lot residential project

Express Staff Writer

     The Sun Valley City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed the final plat agreement for the Lane Ranch North development, allowing developer Benchmark Associates to begin work on four new single-family residential lots on the southwest flank of Dollar Mountain.

     Benchmark Associates now has the final go-ahead to begin applying for building and grading permits for the four lots off Elkhorn Road, next to the Weyyakin subdivision. The plan also calls for three parcels of land to be donated to the Sun Valley Water and Sewer District for infrastructure projects.

     Councilman Franz Suhadolnik recused himself from voting.

     The City Council held a public hearing on Feb. 6 to discuss amendments to the approved development agreement for the Lane Ranch North subdivision. During the hearing, the applicant sought to modify provisions of the development agreement involving building restrictions on lots 1 and 2 in order to control “skylining” and visibility of structures from off-site locations, especially Elkhorn Road.

     If the council had not approved the development agreement amendment, the current site grading for lots 1 and 2 would not have conformed to the grading required in the existing agreement, preliminary plat approvals and plat notes. Since the amendment was approved, the council was able to vote on the final agreement on Tuesday.

“When it’s sold, we want everyone to
be aware of the restrictions.”

Mark Hofman, Development director

     During the meeting, Councilwoman Michelle Griffith articulated her desire to see consistency between the final plat application, the preliminary plat application, the plat notes and development agreement.

     “We’re trying to avoid having a disparity … so everything was subject to the development agreement as amended,” Griffith said.

     Community Development Director Mark Hofman said it is not clear who will actually build the residential development.

     “We don’t know that the lot will be sold right away,” Hoffman said. “The lot can now be sold with the final plat agreement, but when it’s sold, we want everyone to be aware of the restrictions.”

     Before any grading or building permits can be issued, a complete construction plan for the four-lot subdivision must be submitted to Hofman.

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