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Kincaid conditional use permit (CUP) application to build a 4-plex in the rural county

Decision Makers: Planning & Zoning Commission – Teton County, ID

Topic: Kincaid conditional use permit (CUP) application to build a 4-plex in the rural county

March 31, 2008

Teton County P&Z Commission
89 North Main Street
Driggs, Idaho 83422

RE: The proposed Kincaid CUP to build a 4-plex

Dear Commissioners,

VARD has the following concerns with this proposal to build an additional 4-plex in the rural county:  
•    Approval of an additional 4-plex will create a high-density island of development in an otherwise rural area. Although this area is already dense with several outbuildings and the neighboring tri-plex on the Gilroy property, this is clearly not the location for this kind of high-density development. One poor planning decision should not be compounded by another.
•    Our comprehensive plan provides that “higher density developments should be located within or near their areas of impact.”  It is very admirable that Mr. Kincaid wants to provide affordable housing, but our comprehensive plan states that the appropriate location for high-density housing is within cities and their impact areas.
•    Approval of an additional 4-plex will increase the need for public services and facilities in this otherwise rural area. If the county continues to allow multi-family housing in this rural area, this will increase impacts on our roads and the need for services.  The noise and light pollution will affect the rural character of the area, and there will be negative wildlife and groundwater impacts.
•    The site may not be large enough to accommodate the proposed 4-plex, and is not in character with the surrounding rural area.  I visited this site location, and the existing shop building limits the space for the 4-plex to the land right at the front of the property along 200 East. Thus, the 4-plex will be built in a small lot directly abutting the main road. The location this type of high-density housing unit right along the road is in conflict with the rural character of the surrounding area.
•    There should be a professionally engineered drawing, which illustrates how this structure will fit on the property. In addition, the applicant should address the goals stated in the CUP application.

VARD urges this commission to not proceed on a slippery slope where this corner of the county will become of hub for high-density housing.


Anna Trentadue


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