Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sun Valley annexes Lane Meadows

Safety features, development agreement still in works

Express Staff Writer

The Lane Meadows master plan shows a 10-lot prototype for the future subdivision.
Photo courtesy of Ben Young

    A site called Lane Meadows just south of Ketchum has been annexed into the city of Sun Valley and declared a low-density residential zone following a Monday City Council meeting.
    Applicant Scott Thomson of Evergreen Ventures originally filed for 12 single-family lots off state Highway 75, but concerns from the adjacent Lane Ranch subdivision’s 15 homeowners prompted Thomson and his engineering team to redraw the property with 10 lots and a reconfigured road.
    The council plans to reconvene Tuesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. to address the plat notes of the subdivision, including the traffic plan, bike path, landscaping maintenance and tree height, as well as the proposal for a 10-lot subdivision. Lane Meadows’ development agreement will be considered on Tuesday, June 17, at 2 p.m.
    Lane Ranch homeowners expressed concerns with property setbacks, blocked views and increased density, following a residents meeting Friday.
    “What’s important here is that seven of these 10 lots are minimum 20,000 to 21,000 square feet,” resident Tim Logan said during the council meeting. “The lots that surround there are substantially bigger than that and we just don’t think it’s compatible.”
    Logan said his lot is .84 acres while the new plan for the Lane Meadows subdivision allocates .65-acre parcels.
    Logan also took issue with “inconsistencies with the setbacks” in terms of the north side of the development having 30-foot setbacks, while the south and east sides have more than 50-foot setbacks.
    “I’d be looking at a wall from my kitchen,” Logan said.
    John Gaeddert, vice president of the Corporation for Land Planning and Engineering, said his firm is working to preserve the views of Lane Ranch residents and that “the proposal for landscaping will go a long way” with plans for 15-foot tree barriers.  He said all buildings are capped at 30 feet, which is 5 feet less than code.
    Council members said they felt better about the proposed development’s road and sidewalk configuration after touring the site before the Monday meeting, and agreed that it would be better for the city to oversee the property rather than Blaine County. Councilman Keith Saks said rejecting the annexation and letting the developer deal with the county would be easiest, but the city would be abdicating its responsibility to residents and the community.

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