Buildings in Ketchum May Get Taller

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The downhill slope pictured here may allow buildings to be a story taller. - IDAHO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS
  • Idaho Mountain Express
  • The downhill slope pictured here may allow buildings to be a story taller.

Right now, only community housing along Ketchum's downtown Main Street can be four stories tall, according to city code, whereas market-rate housing must stop at three levels. But the Idaho Mountain Express reports one woman is trying to change that.

Liz Horowitz, a local planner at Sego Planning Group, is taking her proposal to the city to accommodate higher building heights without compromising mountainous views. She justifies the eight-foot increase to zoning because of the downslope on Main Street.

"As you head west of Main Street in Ketchum, you drop by about 10 feet each block between Main Street and Second Avenue,” she wrote in a letter to property owners, pointing out that an eight-foot height increase wouldn't block out Baldy Mountain or the surrounding peaks.

She's called it the "Downtown West Slope Sub-district"—a 12.5-block square west of Main Street. In her letter to property owners in the proposed area, she said allowing a fourth floor on buildings could increase supply by 67 percent. She hoped to seek their input and also held a community meeting at the Community Library in Ketchum Friday evening.

A presentation to the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24.