The Hailey City Council approved a preliminary plat application Monday for a 26-unit subdivision on the corner of Shenandoah Drive and Maple Leaf Drive in the Sweetwater Community of Woodside.

The duplex units of approximately 2,796 square feet will be built on about 2.4 acres.

The housing units will be the latest expansion of Sweetwater Community, which was planned in 2005 as a 421-unit, $200 million housing development on 20 acres straddling Countryside Boulevard.

To date, 71 townhouse units have been completed and sold. The property is subject to a planned-unit-development agreement established in 2005 and updated most recently in 2012.

Momentum Development Group President Mike Bradshaw said in January that the individual units would sell from $355,000 to $380,000 each.

City Councilwoman Kaz Thea questioned whether the units would qualify as “affordable” in a town facing a housing crunch.

Mayor Fritz Haemmerle pointed out that the original developer of Sweetwater, Kevin Adams, gave land to the city in lieu of building on-site affordable-housing units. That land is now home to the 22-unit River Street Apartments senior housing in Hailey.

Bradshaw said his partnership company, Sweetwater Community LLC, owns the entire remaining 12 acres of the original Sweetwater PUD. He said in January that he is working on development of an additional 70 units on a 1,400-foot-long parcel on the west side of Shenandoah Drive.

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