On Wednesday night, the Driggs Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval for two applications designed to make properties on the south side of town attractive to potential buyers.
The Grover family applied for an annexation of an 11.2-acre property on the highway north of South Bates Road, and requested a rezone from multi-family to commercial corridor. Sharon Woolstenhulme with AW Engineering represented the applicant at Wednesday’s meeting and explained that the annexation and rezone were simply for the purpose of making the property more marketable.
During public comment, Ciara Thomas with Creekside Meadows spoke against the application, saying that she had been in negotiations with the Idaho Transportation Department for years regarding improvements on Highway 33, and that it was unwise to allow more commercial development in the area because it’s not in demand.
Community development director Doug Self responded that he had just spoken with ITD, which is starting a $4.3 million project in the next few years to widen 33 and add turning lanes between Driggs and Victor.
P&Z decided to recommend approval of the annexation and rezone the property to mixed commercial use, with a few conditions attached, including allowing only 15 percent of the property to be developed commercially.
Mark Rockefeller then called in to request a one-year extension for Stage One improvements on 300 Main. The 13-acre vacant lot south of Broulim’s was purchased in 2006 and platted in 2008 to be a dense mixed-use development with condos, retail space, offices, and cafes. About three years ago the investment partners that make up TC Horizon, LLC decided to list the lot for sale.
Rockefeller said that because the group had poured millions of dollars into the property and development plan, he wanted a future developer to be able to take advantage of those entitlements to restart the project.
“I have huge enthusiasm for the project and I would like to see it come to fruition,” he told the Teton Valley News.
The extension received no public comment and P&Z quickly recommended approval. Both applications will go before Driggs City Council in December.