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Driggs P&Z recommends Sweetwater zone change

On a 2:1 split vote, the Driggs Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended a zone change on a 2.95 acre lot in Sweetwater Subdivision from 1-acre average-density residential zoning (ADR1) to Manufacturing (M1).

Recorded in 1992, Sweetwater is a residential hangar-home subdivision abutting the far east end of the Driggs Airport runway. However, because of recent changes in Federal airport regulations, this zone change and earlier boundary line adjustment were needed in order to now build a hangar home on this lot.

P&Z recommended the zone change to M1 with the stipulation that only hangar-homes be permitted in the zone and that the property automatically convert to a residential airport zone as soon as it is adopted by the city. This meeting made it apparent that a general airport land use plan needs to be adopted to holistically address long-term land uses surrounding the airport. City planner, Doug Self, said that a draft airport land use plan is in the works. Also of concern to P&Z was testimony from the public that this land might now be under contract to a new owner who does not want the zone change and boundary adjustment approved. 

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