A planned 100-unit, four-story hotel at the southern entrance to downtown Ketchum will begin its approval process at the Planning and Zoning Commission on July 29.

The commissioners will hold a special meeting that will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be devoted to the project’s six applications for approval. The hearing will extend to a second night on July 30, Planning Director John Gaeddert told the P&Z during its meeting Monday night.

Utah-based PEG Companies is developing the project, which will be a boutique hotel and part of the Marriott Autograph Collections.

The commissioners will consider an application for a planned unit development, which was the land-use process used for the Warm Springs Ranch and the Limelight Hotel, Gaeddert said.  

The developers are conducting a traffic study to gauge the effect of a new hotel on that section of state Highway 75 as it enters downtown. The Limelight Hotel has been built across River Street, and developer Jack Bariteau has a pending hotel project on the east side of Main Street.

PEG will pay for the city government to procure an independent review of the traffic study’s findings, Gaeddert said.

Both the traffic study and the independent review should be presented to the commissioners for their hearings at the end of the month.

The study is complicated by plans the Idaho Transportation Department has in place for that corridor of the highway entering Ketchum. More than a decade ago, ITD completed an environmental review document and a record of decision for upgrading and widening the highway from Timmerman Hill north to Ketchum.

The project has been partly completed since then but has several phases awaiting funding.

One phase is from the traffic light at Elkhorn Road to downtown Ketchum. That calls for a three-lane highway—one lane in each direction plus a turn lane—as well as sidewalks, curbs and gutters. That configuration is planned from Serenade Lane north to downtown, Gaeddert said.

“That all interplays with the traffic study,” he said.

First and Fourth

On Monday, the commissioners voted to recommend that the City Council approve a development agreement with Bariteau for his proposed mixed-use project on First Avenue and Fourth Street. The vote passed 3-1, with Commissioner Kurt Eggers opposed. Commissioner Neil Morrow was absent.

The project has hit a snag, though. The building design re-quires the city to forfeit a portion of the alley between First and Second avenues. That has run afoul of a city ordinance that prohibits dead-end alleys, Senior Planner Brittany Skelton told the commissioners.

That means the development agreement must wait until the City Council approves a repeal of that prohibition, Skelton said.

Bariteau’s mixed-use building is connected to his hotel project because it will satisfy a city requirement that he provide 18 beds for the hotel’s employees.

Once built, it will feature an underground parking garage, 6,456 square feet of commercial space, six employee housing units on the first floor and six on the second floor as well as six market-rate apartments. The third floor will feature four market-rate penthouse condominium units.

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