Wednesday, July 23, 2014

P&Z tables discussion of new subdivision

Sunburst Hills would bring 12 units to 1.7 acres


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer


    The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission tabled last week discussion of one of the most significant subdivision applications to come through City Hall in seven years.
    The proposed 12-unit Sunburst Hills “Cottage Townhouse” development on 1.78 acres on Winterhaven Drive drew criticism from neighbors due to the relatively high density it would require.
    The General Residential zoning requirements on Winterhaven Drive allow for up to 10 housing units per acre. The vacant land where the development is proposed is currently platted for three single-family homes.
    Developer Brent Tanner proposed re-platting the land to accommodate 12 individual lots for 12 relatively small, two-story housing units. A new, private 300-foot-long road with sidewalks on both sides would intersect the development.
    The Hailey zoning requirements for “Cottage Townhouse” developments allows for reduced minimum lot sizes, from 6,000 square feet to about 4,300 square feet, thereby allowing more homes on less land.
    “I believe more people will be doing this in the next few years, as less and less land becomes available,” said Community Development Director Micah Austin.
    Austin said the maximum allowable density for the property would be a 17-unit apartment complex.
    Residents of the adjacent Woodward Place and Silver Saddle subdivisions wrote a letter to City Hall, stating that the proposed development would “greatly diminish” the quality of life in the existing neighborhood.
    They asked the commission to require Tanner to create a “green space” to offset impacts on existing view corridors.
    Austin said the P&Z plans instead to have Tanner contribute $41,000 into a fund for park improvements elsewhere in the city.
    “Most likely it will be spent on Keefer Park, but that will be up to the City Council,” Austin said.
    Further public comment on this proposed development, and a discussion of its drainage management issues, and proposed covenants and restrictions, will take place at the next regular P&Z Commission meeting on Aug. 11 at Hailey City Hall.




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