Following four years of debate over a controversial plan to annex approximately 900 acres of Quigley Canyon into Hailey, city officials on Wednesday rejected a plan from a developer to bring more than 400 home sites and recreational facilities into the central Idaho town.
This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Hailey City Council unanimously denied the annexation request, citing "uncertainties regarding the financial feasibility of the proposed development, the current economic woes of the city and the undesirable impacts of increased traffic."
Developer David Hennessy told the Mountain Express that he would proceed with a smaller project—an eight-lot development above Quigley Pond. He also indicated that groomed Nordic ski trails, which have been maintained by the Blaine County Recreation District and open to the general public, would "probably not" be allowed in the future.
"It's private property and we have other plans for it," said Hennessy.