Friday, August 15, 2014

City seeks input on Comprehensive Plan

Sun Valley to host ‘town hall’ meeting on Monday, Aug. 18

Express Staff Writer

    The city of Sun Valley will host a public town hall meeting from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, to give residents a forum to review the 2014 Comprehensive Plan Update before it is adopted. The 2014 update has a decade-long time frame, the document’s summary states.
    A 21-person steering committee appointed by Mayor Dewayne Briscoe last year updated the 2005 Comprehensive Plan and the update was approved by the Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission.
    The Comprehensive Plan is described as a “basic document used to guide the growth and development of a city.” It is designed to reflect residents’ and city leaders’ vision for the city and is sometimes used as a tool in making formal land-use decisions.
    Of particular interest to many Sun Valley residents are land-use plans for the Sun Valley “gateway” along Sun Valley Road and Prospector Hill near Dollar Mountain. Some residents have expressed concerns about traffic and views if Sun Valley Resort develops the areas.
    “It is unrealistic to think that there will not be future development of many of the properties owned by Sun Valley Co.,” said steering committee member and resident Nancy Humphries.
    She believes impacts to the view corridors and traffic can be minimized, provided resort representatives and citizens continue to work together.
    “I hope we strike a balance between property rights and concerns [citizens have] for open space,” said Briscoe.
    Objectives outlined in the July 24 Planning and Zoning Commission draft proposal include protection of natural resources, scenic views, waterways and wildlife; maintaining the economic viability of Sun Valley Resort year-round; providing workforce housing reflective of a diverse socio-economic background; and goals related to recreation and culture.
    The meeting will be at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge, 80 Elkhorn Road.

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