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Endgame For The Cliffs

Hammer Flats development may wind up in new commission's lap

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It may have a shaky approval from the Ada County Planning and Zoning, but the fate of The Cliffs development may wind up in the laps of a new slate of Ada County commissioners.

Last Thursday, Ada County planning and zoning commissioners gave a shaky "thumbs up" to Skyline Development's application for The Cliffs, a 1,350-home planned community in the area known as Hammer Flat. P&Z commissioners voted 4-3 to approve the development. About 110 people who submitted written or oral testimony objected to The Cliffs, while about 20 supported the proposal. Save the Plateau, a local organization opposed to The Cliffs, also submitted more than 3,000 petition signatures and letters from people who oppose the development. The Cliffs application still needs approval from Ada County commissioners before Skyline can move forward. The commissioners are expected to hold two hearings and make a decision in early November.

Tony Jones, founder of Save the Plateau, says that the November 7 county elections could change things. If the current commissioners vote for the Cliffs, Jones says he will appeal the decision. The appeal would be heard after the first of the year, when the newly elected commissioners would take office.

"The [p & z commission's] total deliberation of our opposition was reduced to the question, 'Shouldn't we consider those people?' and the answer was no," said Jones. "It is my dearest hope that the next set of commissioners will be more attentive to public input."

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