JMM Dry Creek, LLC, today submitted their initial planned
community application for the ‘Dry Creek Ranch’ Planned Community
proposed for land on the east side of Highway 55 south of Shadow Valley Golf Course in unincorporated Ada County.
The proposed 1,414-acre community would include approximately 4,300-residential units ranging from custom homes to multi-family residential buildings. The proposed project would be built in phases over the next 10 years.
The planned community application indicates the project will commit
42-percent, or 604-acres, to dedicated open space. At a minimum,
115-acres will be developed open space in the form of community or
neighborhood parks or trail systems. Approximately 488-acres are
designated as ‘conservation’ which will allow only for development of
trail systems or the upgrading of habitat.
The proposed plan includes a variety of trail systems including a greenbelt along Spring Creek and Dry Creek. Does anyone think the greenbelt and trail system will be built BEFORE homes and retail in this 10 year “phase?”
The developer also plans to seek regional commercial opportunities for placement along the frontage of Highway 55 between Dry Creek Road and Brookside Lane.
The current plan calls for large retailers that could service more than the Dry Creek Ranch Planned Community. Read that: “they want to build a shopping center along Highway 55.”
Four schools are proposed within the community: two elementary school
sites, a middle school site, and a senior high school site. The middle school and high school will be situated in a campus setting on
approximately 79-acres. And WHO pays for these?
The application also includes a future equestrian center that could accommodate horse events and boarding on the northeastern portion of the planned community. It is in this area that the developer has also included access to existing equestrian trails. Without regard to the number of horses, there will always be more horse”s asses than horses.
The submission does not mean Ada County has formally accepted the
developer’s planned community development application. It only marks
the beginning of the completeness review process to ensure the developer has adequately addressed the appropriate local, state, and federall regulations and ordinances as they pertain to the proposed development in their application.
This is just the beginning folks. Plan on lots of opposition, hearings, attorneys getting rich, and all the rest that goes with development in the eyes of growthaphobes.
EDITOR NOTE–The GUARDIAN is on the road, so this report is mostly from the view of Ada County’s spinmeister with salient GUARDIAN comments injected. We wanted to get the info posted.
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