Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sun Valley approves White Clouds rezone

Golf course subdivision will have less-dense development


The Sun Valley City Council has approved plans submitted by Sun Valley Co. to build 36 townhomes next to the White Clouds golf course. This rendering shows the proposed design of the units. Photo by courtesy photo

    The Sun Valley City Council voted unanimously Thursday, May 15, to approve an amendment to a 2006 master plan development for the White Clouds subdivision at Sun Valley Resort.
    The amendment includes a property rezone, reconfiguration of existing property lines and the allowance of 36 new residential townhomes on the golf-course property.
    Wally Huffman, Sun Valley Co. director of development, reiterated the city staff report, which said the company wanted to “re-designate and re-zone two large multi-family residential parcels and a portion of a third to less-dense single-family residential homes, subdivide the parcels with single-family lots, and construct new residential townhome structures on a fourth expanded parcel.”
    Community Development Director Mark Hofman said the application would “effectively downsize the maximum density in the White Clouds development from 249 dwelling units to 92 dwelling units.”
    Huffman said, “The denser development should be closer to the Sun Valley Village and the less-dense development would be further away.”
    The approved master plan mapped out proposed densities on various high-profile Sun Valley Co. properties.
    During public comment, Sun Valley resident Karen Reinheimer expressed concern that the amendment would be in violation of the Sun Valley Comprehensive Plan. She stated that downsizing would open doors for more-dense development in the future, in areas that would negatively impact Sun Valley residents and wildlife migration.
    Mayor Dewayne Briscoe, following advice from City Attorney Adam King, said the public hearing could not speculate on future events and any changes were “in accordance with” the comprehensive plan.
    When asked to respond to Reinheimer’s concerns, Huffman stated, “I can tell you that we have tried to maintain the current state of the village lifestyle. We would certainly pay attention to the comprehensive plan that we would have to comply with. We would go through the process just as we have on this project.”
    Briscoe called for a motion to waive three public readings in order to approve the amendment immediately. The council would typically vote to approve such legislation after three public readings. However, following unanimous approval of the plan to downsize the density of the subdivision, the council voted to waive the three readings.
    “It is in the best interest of the city to downzone the density. I applaud this application,” City Council President Keith Saks said.

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