The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a proposed amendment to the city’s zoning regulations tonight, April 15, at 5:50 p.m. that would add “individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities” and “group home” to the city’s definition of a residential care facility.

     The request to change city law has been proposed by 43 North Inc., which aspires to build a group home at Quigley Farm, a recently annexed development at the mouth of Quigley Canyon. Any change to city code would also change the definition of residential care facilities elsewhere in the city.

     According to a staff memo, the purpose of the request is to “promote the interests of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through providing safe and stable housing opportunities, actively supporting an environment of inclusivity and empowerment within the community, promoting full inclusion and participation in the community, promoting independence and quality of life and educating the community, primarily in Blaine County, regarding the special needs, and providing support and resources to families of persons with disabilities.”

     The applicant states that “most adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are limited in obtaining full employment, which can’t sustain them financially, and, as such, are economically disadvantaged. A group home will allow these people to remain in the Wood River Valley with the support of their families and the community.”

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