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Posted on: February 1, 2019

The Light Industrial Zone Feedback is in...

January 30, 2019

 

To the Ketchum Community:

How can the light industrial zone be preserved and invigorated while providing an opportunity for the housing needed in the community? Last week, the city hosted 160 attendees at open houses held at the Limelight Hotel to answer this question. The city shared its vision for the light industrial area (LI) developed thus far and which positions the LI needs – as the place for businesses and housing – to secure a sustainable and diverse future for Ketchum. Open house participants conversed with elected officials and staff and shared thoughts in writing to a series of open-ended questions. What still remains a major concern is an increase in vacation rentals and second homes being introduced into the LI.

Some broad observations were as follows:

·        Majority expressed support for workforce housing and live/work, or a healthy balance of housing and light industrial use, as the priority for the LI

·         The LI as a place for entry-point housing was seen as the biggest opportunity for housing in the LI

·         Preservation of light industrial use on the first floor was deemed most important in the geographical center of the LI – the LI-2 district

·         Support was expressed for a broad variety of uses – recreation technology, modern office spaces, educational workshops, teacher housing, artist live/work space, building trades; yet auto repair and construction related uses were deemed essential

·         Support over height limit increases was mixed

·         Overall, the majority agreed the city is on the right track with proposed changes to the LI

City Council will now consider the recommendations of the Planning and Zoning Commission along with any changes city staff deem essential after hearing from the public.

Now that we’ve heard from the community, we are confident a solution can be achieved that satisfies the requirements of the businesses and users of the LI, and provides affordable, workforce housing we so desperately need. 

Follow the links below for the full results and a copy of the presentation.

Mayor Neil Bradshaw

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