Plans for a non-motorized path between the Sherwood Forest and China Gardens neighborhoods in Hailey were approved by the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

     The path will be used for emergency access and bike and pedestrian use only. The P&Z Commission approved the design after two public workshops were held to work out differences between residents of the two neighborhoods.

     The pathway construction was triggered last summer when developer Gordon Flade proposed the 14-unit Carbonate View development on vacant land in China Gardens.

     City officials called for the development of a city street between the two neighborhoods for safety reasons. Sherwood Forest residents said the road would impact them with too much traffic. China Gardens residents said a through road would ease traffic caused by the development.

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