Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hailey adopts new street standards

Will apply to developments of 7 lots or more


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

The Hailey City Council on Monday unanimously voted to amend municipal code to promote more intensive development of bike and pedestrian access throughout the town.

The new section, called Title 18, is also referred to as the Mobility Design section in the city code.

A previous version of the amendment, called Complete Streets, raised objections from residents of old Hailey who said sidewalks, curbs and gutters would restrict parking and impinge on city rights of way that have been used for generations for parking and gardening. The new code section prioritizes certain streets for sidewalk construction and allows more opportunities for public input.

“These are primarily guidelines, except for [Americans With Disabilities Act] requirements, and [for] large-scale developments,” said Sustainability Director Mariel Platt.

Title 18 was amended by city staff to include maps of street categories, which will be used to prioritize the building of sidewalks and bike lanes throughout the town.

The plan calls for wider sidewalks and bike lanes on busier streets, and parking configurations that would accommodate increased bike and pedestrian access.

Councilman Pat Cooley advised the council that the next step should be to provide details on materials standards for items such as pipes and wires in the infrastructure portion of Title 18.

“It’s time to get into the materials standards,” Cooley said, “to make this Hailey’s own ordinance.”

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com

 

 

 




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