Teton Lodge and Outfitters conditional use permit
Decision Makers: P&Z Commission – City of Victor
Topic: Teton Lodge and Outfitters conditional use permit
April 23, 2007
City of Victor
Planning and Zoning Commission
P.O. Box 122
Victor, ID 83455
Dear Victor Planning and Zoning Commission,
I am writing on behalf of Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) regarding the Teton Lodge and Outfitters request for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a large-scale luxury hotel on the north side of Victor. We are in favor of this proposal, as it offers the city an opportunity for commercial development downtown. Additionally, there are no hotels in the city; this one will fill a current need for lodging. While the project has the opportunity to be a net benefit for the city, there are some issues that are of concern. First, VARD recommends that the developer seek public input before the plans are finalized—this will ensure that the development joins the community, and not the other way around. Second, the scale of these buildings is very large. The developer has worked with the P&Z commission to reduce the building height but even so, the height will exceed the zoning limitations. The city should consider the precedence of a decision that exceeds the height imitation in light of overall design goals for the downtown. Third, as this large hotel and shopping complex will have a significant impact on the city, we recommend that the city require the developer to commission a Financial Impact Analysis (FIA) to be conducted by a firm of the city’s choosing that identifies the revenues/expenditures likely to occur due to this development. Some issues commonly addressed in FIAs are effects to community character, downtown businesses, sewer and water, traffic, etc. – in essence an analysis that examines the effect on land use and on Victor taxpayers.
In addition to the benefit of added jobs and income to the city, during the Planning and Zoning meeting on April 17th 2007 the developer offered to assist the City of Victor with any immediate problems. Ideally, the city would have a comprehensive needs list already identified with a plan on how to address those needs, such as a Capital Improvements Plan. However, because the city is without a plan, it could be difficult to triage the most pressing needs. Based on the significant development pressure the city is experiencing as well as discussions pertaining to planning needs at the P&Z and City Council levels, VARD recommends that the city accept this generous offer and request help in funding an additional planning and zoning staff member.
We encourage the city to pursue win-win solutions like this with all Victor developers. We believe consistent efforts like these benefit both the city and the development community.
Thank you for your consideration,