Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hailey P&Z approves 12-unit subdivision

Sunburst Hills developer to pay $41,000 of in-lieu fees for open space

Express Staff Writer

    The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve a preliminary plat for the 12-unit Sunburst Hills “cottage townhouse” development in Woodside, despite criticism from nearby residents.
    The P&Z voted to recommend to the City Council the subdivision of three home lots into 12 units on 1.78 acres on Winterhaven Drive, saying the plan met with all city requirements, including drainage issues.
    City code requires that .33 acres of land be set aside in a 12-unit development for open space. The P&Z agreed with a July 1 Hailey Parks and Lands Board recommendation to allow developer Brent Tanner to instead pay $41,000 in in-lieu fees to provide park space elsewhere in the city.
    Winterhaven Drive resident Sharon Browder organized a petition with signatures from all residents in adjoining Woodward Place and Silver Saddle subdivisions, saying Tanner should be allowed to build only 10 units, while providing open space on the remaining .28 acres.
    Browder said her proposal would limit visual impacts from the proposed two-story buildings on the existing single-family residences in the neighborhood.
    “This would comply with the intent of the ordinance,” which is to mitigate at the point of impact, said Browder. She said the Parks and Lands Board formed its recommendation to allow Tanner to pay in-lieu fees without explicitly notifying nearby property owners.
    The Hailey Parks and Lands Board is a recommending body to the P&Z and has regular public meetings posted online with stated agendas.
    “Our neighborhoods had no way of knowing that the Parks and Lands Board were debating open space with the developer,” said Browder.
    Hailey City Attorney Ned Williamson said Browder had an “interesting point,” but that her issue should be brought to the Hailey City Council.
    P&Z Chair Jay Cone said he was “skeptical’ that small parks of open space like the one envisioned by Browder and her supporters would be utilized.
    “I think the $41,000 is best used in a pool,” with other funds, said Cone.
    Browder said she would likely fight the Sunburst Hills subdivision plan at a City Council meeting on Sept. 15.

In other Hailey news:

  •    The Hailey P&Z voted to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to prohibit electronic messaging signs, revising sign design guidelines and standards for all signs with the addition of a sign matrix.


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