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‘A lot of work to do’: Valley Co. Commission tables large development

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A large development near Donnelly called Valley Meadows was put on hold by the Valley County Commissioners.

Triple Dot Development has applied to build Mountain Meadows subdivision just over 20 acres by Roseberry Road.

There would be a total of 74 townhomes, 88 apartment units, and commercial space. The commercial lots would be used to provide amenities and storage space to the tenants. 

“So hopefully with a project like this, we can help to alleviate some of that stress and prevent folks from moving away from this area and improve a lot of things for a lot of folks,” Stephanie Hopkins of KM Engineering.

Problems with the proposal

The townhomes and apartment units in the development are proposed as market rate rentals- something commissioners did not seem sold on. 

“What we are lacking in Valley County is local housing. What we’re looking for is the ability for people to rent but maybe future ownership. So I have a problem stating that it’s rentals in perpetuity,” Commissioner Sherry Maupin said. “We’re looking for some market rents. We’re looking for things that locals can actually potentially own in the future because right now, unfortunately, a lot of our locals cannot own… So I don’t know if I’d want to lock that up in perpetuity for rental only as long as it’s market-based.”

This was not the only issue commissioners took with the development. They expressed concerns about sewer and water connections, density, and general confusion around the development agreement application. 

“I think that there’s a lot of work to do in this development agreement,” Maupin said.

There were no residents in the room that were there to testify in favor of the project, but there was a good deal of people who showed up and voiced similar problems with the project as the commission. 

“Now your jamming down our throats 162 units plus commercial within a 20-acre parcel,” resident Curt Holman said about the density.

Commissioners moved to table the project and give the applicant more time to come back with a more complete vision. 

“We need to negotiate neighborhood conversations about how we mitigate anything that we can for the existing landowners that are out there and create communities that are successful in the future,” Maupin said. “… We have to plan for the future. We can’t plan for today. When we look at our feet and we plan for today, we’re unsuccessful in the future. It’s really critical that we’re planning long term for our community. And so it has to look out. It has to be planned thoughtfully with consideration to the neighborhoods that are currently there, but also planned for the future.”

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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