A four-story, 100-unit hotel proposed for the southern entrance to downtown Ketchum is expected back before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The proposed Marriot’s portion of the agenda is largely a formality: voting to accept the findings of fact and conclusions of law from last week’s meeting and signing a development agreement outlining the conditions discussed, according to Ketchum Planning Technician Maureen Puddicombe.

From there, it’s on to the City Council for deliberation on the hotel’s conditional-use permit and planned-unit development agreement. That meeting still needs to be noticed in accordance with Idaho law, and it’s at least a month out. Tentatively, the city is eyeing the council’s Sept. 16 meeting, Puddicombe said, but that could change.

There’s a range of items on the agenda for Monday’s open meeting, but the hotel is the most visible.

The development by Provo, Utah,-based PEG Development would cover 135,000 square feet on the one-acre property, known as the Gateway parcel, in Ketchum’s Tourist zone. It is at the corner of Main and River streets, adjacent to Trail Creek.

The proposed hotel is seeking four waivers to normal city requirements, including a decrease in the front setback on River Street from the normally required 15 feet to 5 feet, an increase in floor-area ratio (the ratio of total floor area to lot size) from 1.6 to 1.9 and a waiver to build on one acre of land instead of the three acres minimum. The most controversial of the four is a height/story waiver. PEG is requesting an increase in height from the usual 35-foot maximum in the Tourist zone to 72 feet. The waivers ae permitted under Ketchum city code for hotel projects.

PEG aims to have the necessary permits by April 2020. If approved, the project should take 16-18 months to build, meaning it could be finished by fall 2021.

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