Hayden delays zone change | Coeur d’Alene Press

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HAYDEN — In response to a whole bunch of Hayden residents’ issues on new metropolis zone designations, the Metropolis Council unanimously authorised an ordinance delaying implementation for as much as one 12 months. 

Adopting the Think about Hayden 2040 Complete Plan led to workers creating two new land-use zones: Blended Residential and Blended Use, whereas eliminating Residential Multi-family. 

Due to modifications to the Hayden Future Land Use Map, a whole bunch of current properties are in a state of non-conformance, primarily within the multi-family zone. After studying their property designation might change, residents started voicing their issues, resulting in a number of workshops and open homes.

On Aug. 10, the council directed workers to stipulate choices on zone modifications and tackle neighborhood upset. 

Through the Tuesday Metropolis Council assembly, Senior Planner Donna Phillips offered 5 doable paths ahead:

• A: Observe Hayden Metropolis Code as written.

• B: The identical course of as Possibility A however embrace a second public listening to with the Metropolis Council.

• C: The identical course of as Possibility B however add the second public listening to and spot all property house owners inside a 300-foot radius of all properties being rezoned. 

• D: Do not transfer ahead with the zone map modification and require a zone textual content modification to reinstate some type of the previous Residential Multi-family zone. 

• E: Council approves an ordinance to reinstate the Residential Multi-family textual content because it stands for as much as one 12 months. Within the interim, workers would conduct workshops with the Planning and Zoning Fee and Metropolis Council, and additional tackle issues with zone designation. Then a follow-up zone textual content or map modification would happen. 

As recognized within the previous code, Residential Multi-family was “established to offer increased density residential housing areas served by collector and arterial streets.” 

“We have heard resoundingly from the general public that they don’t seem to be enamored with increased density in any method, form or kind,” Phillips mentioned Tuesday night time.

Phillips mentioned she was personally “not in favor” of Possibility D, contemplating town might rezone 405 of the 532 beforehand Residential Multi-family properties to suit their current design higher. 

“Practically 80% of the tons on this space don’t meet the aim of (Multi-family) zone,” she mentioned. “So I’ve a extremely onerous time simply dumping it again into the factor … I do not see that as aiding or abetting anyone or making their scenario higher.”

By selecting Possibility E, Phillips mentioned the extra workshops might assist repair these “spot areas.” 

Mayor Steve Griffitts mentioned he is heard from in all probability a whole bunch of residents concerning the zone amendments in the previous few months. He mentioned they really feel town tried to do “an excessive amount of directly” throughout a interval when regional development is a high concern. 

“I feel Possibility E lets everyone take a deep breath,” Griffitts mentioned. “As soon as we talk clearly with respect to particular zoning, I feel it would assist the entire neighborhood come collectively in a greater method.”

After attending an open home supposed to tell the general public on zone modifications, Councilman Roger Saterfiel mentioned probably the most overwhelming response he noticed was resident confusion. 

Confusion was precisely how Hayden resident Marsa McCusker felt when she realized in regards to the zone change.

“It looks like they made all these main modifications to zones which might be taking town in a path that folks like me don’t love,” McCusker mentioned on the open home on July 29. “It sounds prefer it’s all geared towards builders and development, not the individuals who stay right here.”

Just like the mayor, Saterfiel hopes Possibility E will enable for extra constructive discussions with the general public.

“The final possibility offers everyone an opportunity to breathe, speak with their neighbors and households to determine what they need,” he mentioned.  

By approving Possibility E, Phillips mentioned the following steps for town could be to conduct planning and zoning hearings and workshops with residents. 

“We wish to do what’s proper for Hayden, for the residents who stay right here. We’re listening,” Councilwoman Jeri DeLange mentioned. 

Council members additionally authorised:

• The $52 million Capital Enchancment Plan, that includes roughly 70 initiatives scheduled between 2022 and 2026. 

• A sewer charge price improve that primarily funds town’s $9.5 million share of the U.S. Environmental Safety Company’s mandated upgrades to the sewer remedy plant to fulfill water high quality requirements. A portion will even be used to repay $1.4 million in protection prices from the North Idaho Builders & Contractors Affiliation lawsuit over sewer capitalization charges. In line with metropolis paperwork, residential properties will improve month-to-month charges from $52.50 in 2021 to $58 in 2024 underneath the brand new base charge.

• Will increase in recreation and particular occasion charges to offset prices of facility leases, staffing and gear. 

• A revision to the Public Security Impression Charge Capital Enchancment Plan to assemble a everlasting facility at Honeysuckle Seaside to help marine response on Hayden Lake.

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