19-unit development to fill open space in the center of Elkhorn
Idaho Mountain Express | Wednesday, April 12, 2023
The last Elkhorn Springs parcel tabbed for development in the city of Sun Valley’s 2005 Comprehensive Plan passed the design-review process on Thursday, signaling the end of a long road that saw sizable opposition from some members of the public and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The planned Jericho Townhomes span three residential buildings that have a maximum height of 44 feet. The 19 market-rate residential units are split into two designs. Five of the units are 2,880 square feet and 14 are 1,920 square feet. There is an attached garage on the ground level, as well as additional garages for some models and surface parking.
Critical Response to Project
Critics have called the project too tall, too modern and too expensive, among other things. The market-rate units are being placed on the open plot of land between Badeyana Drive, Village Way and the Elkhorn tennis courts, in Elkhorn Village. This parcel’s de-facto use as a miniature park for the residents of Elkhorn was another point brought up by opponents of the project, who said green space is of better use to the community than more market-rate housing.
Elkhorn homeowner Dan Shelby said that, in general, the project just doesn’t fit the character or needs of the city.
“As I see it, [the developer] could have bought a $3.2 million house instead of buying this lot and trying to [build] rental [properties] that benefit our community,” he said. “I understand it’s not what was there and it’s different from everything else, but this project will benefit us.”
Snow Removal Concerns
Snow removal was also noted as an issue, as there is not enough on-site space for adequate storage. Based on its size and according to city statutes, the building is required to have storage for 5,723 square feet of snow. Forty percent of the storage will be done on site, mostly behind and between the buildings. Sixty percent will be taken to a site just north of Clear Creek Disposal on state Highway 75.