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VARD's comments on the proposed Traditional Neighborhood Design Overlay, which will be heard in a public hearing sometime in May.

Decision Makers: City of Victor

Topic: VARD's comments on the proposed Traditional Neighborhood Design Overlay, which will be heard in a public hearing sometime in May.

City of Victor
Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council, City Staff
PO Box 122
Victor, ID 83455

March 31, 2008

RE: Input on the Traditional Neighborhood Design Overlay

Dear Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council and City Staff,

Valley Advocates for Responsible Development remains in favor of the Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) Zone Overlay for Victor. Our support is based in part on the proven track record of TND’s to weather the ups and downs in the market better than other kinds of development. Adopting a TND in Victor will promote a strong sense of community, encourage infill and economic vibrancy in downtown Victor, deter sprawl and make the city more walkable and people friendly.

Keeping in mind the unique context of Victor as well as the issues the city faces, VARD has the following recommendations with respect to the TND: 1) conduct an analysis of the downtown infrastructure to ensure the viability of infill; 2) consider buffers for existing neighboring residents from increased densities; and 3) adopt unique design guidelines and standards for the TND area.

Regarding #3, VARD encourages the city to hire a consultant (or compose a committee of knowledgeable local professionals) who can assess what unique design considerations exist in Victor and which if any proposed standards need to be dropped, replaced or tweaked to create the harmonious relationship with the existing town and culture that is essential for maintaining community support. It is critical that a consultant or a group of professionals make these changes so that the over all integrity of the TND remains intact.

Thank you for your work on this important issue.

Sincerely,

Lucy Flood
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development

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