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A proposed major expansion of Sweetwater Community in Woodside subdivision would continue a grand vision implemented by developers prior to the Great Recession.

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission began public hearings and deliberations Monday on a design-review application by Kilgore Properties LLC that would bring 116 housing units, including seven live-work units, to Shenandoah Drive.

The housing units would 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 and Shenandoah Drive.

To date, 71 townhouse units have been completed and sold, with an additional 26 duplex units approved and under construction.

The proposed expansion would be comprised of 12 three-story townhomes (39 units in total), ranging in size from approximately 1,832 square feet to 2,084 square feet; seven three-story, 10-unit condominiums (70 units in total), of approximately 1,380 square feet; one three-plex and one four-plex live-work complex, with each unit compromising approximately 2,366 square feet.

Sweetwater Project Manager Cameron Spencer said the expansion would take place in four phases, beginning with a first cluster of townhomes, condominiums and live-work units at the corner of Countryside and Shenandoah.

Spencer said the overall housing density for Sweetwater Community has been reduced from 421 to 360 units, and that a once-planned retail center at the site, now considered “unviable,” will be replaced with the live-work units. He said the live-work units would be designed for architects, realtors or other professionals in need of ground-floor home offices, with living quarters on the second and third floors. Three additional phases would be built northward over time, Spencer said.

Momentum Development Group President Mike Bradshaw said he plans to have Phase 1 completed and available for sale by summer 2020. He said the three-bedroom condos would sell for $280,000, with three-bedroom townhome units selling for $325,000.

“We would like to have all four phases built within three years, assuming the economy keeps going the way it is going,” Bradshaw said.

The P&Z heard public comment about traffic concerns at the corner of Countryside Boulevard and Highway 75, and addressed snow-removal concerns and pedestrian accessibility and connectivity issues throughout the Sweetwater complexes.

Due to a Mountain Rides assessment that reduced the required number of additional bus stops at Sweetwater from three to one, the P&Z recommended using transportation in-lieu fees to connect to the Wood River Trail or Toe of the Hill Trail. Spencer said he is in talks with city staff to address several of the concerns.

Spencer said discussions with the Sweetwater homeowner’s association are underway to develop a plan for integrating additional residents into cost-sharing formulas for services and existing amenities, including a pool and clubhouse.

This project is subject to a planned-unit-development agreement from 2005 and amendments to the agreement from 2009, 2010 and 2012.

The design-review hearing was continued to Monday, Dec. 2, when the P&Z will receive recommendations from the Hailey Tree Committee on plantings and review architectural renderings of the three-story buildings as seen from Highway 75.

P&Z Commissioner Dan Smith advised taking time to review all aspects of what will be the largest design-review application in many years.

“We should take adequate time to come to good solutions,” Smith said.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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