The Hailey City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a city-initiated annexation of 230 acres for the proposed Quigley Farm development.
The annexation ordinance adopted by the council stated that it will “further the city’s interests and protect the health safety and welfare of the citizens of Hailey.”
Developers David Hennessy, Harry Weekes and Duncan Morton plan to build 176 housing units, a school, offices, retreat center and convenience store on the property located adjacent to Wood River High School and Deerfield subdivision, on the east side of the city.
“I look forward to working with the city,” Hennessy said after a council meeting held to address the annexation Monday.
The team still has to go through a subdivision application with the city, prior to final approval.
Hailey City Attorney Ned Williamson said he expects the subdivision application to begin with a “large block” plat application, followed by a subdivision plat application for each of 16 smaller blocks, which will include details on streets, sidewalks, lot lines and other features.
The city will receive $580,338 in annexation fees from the annexation, to mitigate impacts to existing city services.
Hennessy said if all goes as planned, he hopes to break ground on the development in spring of 2018.
The council also voted 3-1 to approve a zoning and text amendment to city code associated with the planned development. Councilwoman Colleen Teevin cast the sole dissenting vote.
She questioned the additional 24 accessory dwelling units that would be allowed in the General Residential zone within the development.
Mayor Fritz Haemmerle called for questions during a discussion of the issue.
“With the housing crunch the city is in right now, I am fine with it,” said City Councilman Pat Cooley.
The development will consist of Recreational Greenbelt, General Residential and Neighborhood Business zones, with a newly created Peri-Urban Overlay District over much of the General Residential zone.
The annexation process created a new Peri-Urban Agriculture zone that allows for orchards and small livestock, as well as greenhouses, plant processing and other “local food system support organizations.”
The annexation also led to a definition of “semipublic use” for proposed office spaces in the development that would be for private colleges, hospitals, safe houses, learning centers “and other facilities of an educational, charitable or philanthropic nature.”
The city attorney said the offices proposed at Quigley Farm would, for instance, allow a lease to a legal consulting firm associated directly with a nonprofit organization located in the development, but not a legal firm offering services generally to the city and surrounding community.
Off-site improvements will total $200,000 paid by the developers for leveling and reducing a curve at Eighth Street and Bullion and a mini-roundabout at Eighth and Croy Street. Excess funds will be used for a non-motorized path.
ARCH Community Housing Trust will get ownership of 27 lots for affordable community housing in the development.
The city has yet to finalize a formal annexation agreement with the developers.
A draft of the annexation agreement would allow the developers to donate up to 30 acres of surface water rights to the city, valued at $12,000 per acre, in lieu of annexation fees. The entire 30 acres of water rights would be worth $360,000.
The city also will receive a 50-by-50-foot well site as part of the annexation agreement.
Quigley Farm will use a “constructed wetlands” and “small diameter collection system” for wastewater treatment, and also hook-up to the city’s sewer system with a meter to measure discharge amounts.
The treatment system would need approval by the Idaho Department of Water Quality, Haemmerle said.
“Or else you won’t have your development,” he said.
The Quigley Farm development team was instructed to complete a map of a 1,161-acre conservation easement that will include 24 housing units outside the annexed property, before an annexation agreement is finalized.
Hennessy’s attorney, Jim Laski, said the developers would seek a county rezone to increase the residential development density on lands that would remain in the county. The requested configuration would include some open space. According to the draft annexation agreement, the remaining 1,161-acres of undeveloped land in Quigley Canyon would be donated to the Quigley Farm Foundation and placed under a conservation easement administered by the Wood River Land Trust.
Hennessy said the foundation would likely lease the pasture under much of the conservation easement to a farmer.