Dry Creek Ranch tabled till March

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Ada County commissioners tabled the Dry Creek Ranch planned community tonight, rescheduling it to a public hearing in March. According to county spokesman Rich Wright, the commissioners asked the developers to halve the housing density and work with the highway district on traffic mitigation.

From Ada County's press release on the hearing tonight:
By a unanimous vote, the Board of Ada County Commissioners tonight agreed to table a final decision on the Dry Creek Planned Community to a public hearing scheduled for March 11, 2009. During their deliberation, commissioners discussed their concerns about the density of the 4,300 home planned community and instructed staff to work with the applicant to explore ways the housing density could be dramatically reduced while still keeping the project viable. As proposed, the 1414 acre development would have a housing density of 8.6 dwelling units per acre. The Board of Commissioners tonight said they hoped the applicant could find a way to reduce the density to approximately 4 dwelling units per acre – a density rate that is comparable to other similar developments approved in the same general area.

In addition to concerns about housing density, the commissioners also asked the applicant to continue to work with the Idaho Transportation Department and the Ada County Highway District to develop more definitive mitigation agreements that will ensure those public transportation agencies are fully compensated for traffic mitigation efforts required if the project were allowed to move forward.

The March 11, 2009 public hearing will begin at 6pm. All land-use public hearings are held in the first floor hearing room at the Ada County Courthouse.
We wrote about planned communities in today's BW, focusing on Hidden Springs. In some ways, the only way to make a giant development like this work is to make it giant so that it can sustain some commercial activity on its own. But then you get all of the problems that density brings, like traffic. And annoying neighbors. And total ruination of Dry Creek, pictured above.

Anyone out there have a solution for this that they'd like to hip the county to?


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