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Val Kunz' application for annexation and rezone

Decision Makers: City of Victor Planning and Zoning

Topic: Val Kunz' application for annexation and rezone

March 15, 2007

City of Victor
Planning and Zoning Commission
P.O. Box 122
Victor, ID 83455

Dear Members of the Victor Planning and Zoning Commission:

I am writing on behalf of Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) regarding Val Kunz’ application for annexation and rezoning at approximately 811 South Baseline Road.  We take a neutral stance on this proposal.

We see the following benefits of annexation: 1) the location is appropriate for new development; 2) by annexing the property, the city can help guide road and utility location to ensure connectivity, and 3) the R1 zone will allow for light density development which will incorporate nicely into the existing development.

We see the following drawbacks of annexation: 1) the City of Victor does not yet have a capital improvements plan (CIP) in place.  Without a CIP the city cannot legally impose impact fees, nor is it able to assess the city’s most pressing needs.  Until a CIP is drafted the city does not have a clear idea of its capital improvement priorities.  2) The annexation and proposed subdivision will bring the total number of lots in the pipeline in Victor to approximately 670 (from Buffalo Creek, Painted Skies, Heritage Estates, Copper Ranch, Stella Streppa, Timberline and Val Kunz).  This translates to a population increase of 1,943 residents (670 X 2.9 [avg. residents per household]), which will triple the town’s current population.  Is the city prepared to deal with the additional services that such growth demands?  What are the specific plans for schools, police and fire, sewer and water, and traffic?  And 3) the city staff is already overworked because of the high growth rate.  Adding 108 additional lots will only increase the staff’s workload.

The annexation and rezone proposal itself looks appropriate and good for Victor.  It is the underlying problem of the city’s inability to adequately cope with growth that keeps us from taking a favorable stance on this proposal.  We recognize that this development will likely occur in the county if annexation is denied, and that’s the unfortunate reality given the current county zoning.  Therefore, we hope that this request serves to underscore the importance of addressing Victor’s need for a CIP, more staff, and infrastructure upgrades.

Sincerely,

Ian Tuttle

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