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For the week of June 14 through June 20, 2000

Bellevue starts comp
plan process

Express Staff Writer

The Bellevue Planning and Zoning Commission will begin public review of a proposed new Bellevue Comprehensive Plan tomorrow.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall.

Diane Shay, city planning and zoning administrator, said the comp plan has not been updated in 20 years. She said it is important to enact a new plan due to considerable development during the past five to six years with annexations and subdivisions.

The plan, she said, is "a guide to everything—building, growth, land use, schools, transportation."

The draft plan includes proposed new zoning boundaries.

The plan’s writers estimate that Bellevue’s population will increase from its current 1,848 to 4,720 by the year 2020. The plan predicts that current residential land will be built out by 2006, creating a shortage of affordable housing.

Citizens planning to attend the meeting can pick up a copy of the proposed plan from Bellevue City Hall today.

In another meeting planned for tomorrow, the Bellevue City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. at the Roark Law Firm building, 409 N. Main St. in Hailey. The purpose of the meeting is to inspect the building for consideration as a donation to the city of Bellevue.

The city has set the end of 2001 as a goal for moving into a new building and has been looking into possibilities. The current city hall, a home moved from Muldoon Canyon, was donated by Jim and Donna West in 1977.

Shay said that at a little over 2,000 square feet, the current city hall is now too small. And, she said, it is "falling apart." Furthermore, she said, "in summer the meeting room is a furnace and in winter council members have to sit through meetings with their coats on."

Last summer, according to Shay, a fluorescent lighting fixture fell to the floor, almost landing on two little girls. Several of the timbers that make up this log house have rotted and had to be replaced.

Bellevue Marshal Jeff Gunter showed how the floor of his office sags—a filing cabinet literally leans away from the wall. The door leading from his office to the library and meeting room sometimes doesn’t open or close. The jacks in the crawl space meant to correct this have "become a permanent fixture of the building," Gunter said.


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