All PUDs are subject to two public hearings, so the zoning and planning committee’s recommendation goes to the Valley Company’s committee. The public will be notified again and all previous testimonials will be sent to the commissioners.
BoiseDev first told you about the project, a proposed manufactured home garden near the intersection of Rosebury Road and Norwood Road in Donnelly. It was advertised as an “affordable option for the housing needs of the workforce”.
The garden construction order said that the number of manufactured homes will not exceed 201. There will be 115 single-family homes and 86 double-width homes.
“Single-family residential homes are grouped within the project to provide an affordable option for the housing needs of the Valley County workforce,” the project description said.
Overwhelmingly negative feedback
The project’s first meeting late last week garnered a lot of public testimony with a huge amount against development.
After the project was announced, a petition was filed to deny the application, and a Facebook group, STOP Roseberry Park Development, was formed.
A week after the first meeting, the committee met again to discuss and concluded that it was not an appropriate application.
“So when it comes to workforce housing, it doesn’t mean low income but workforce because it has to be affordable,” said Chairman Neil Thompson. “If it is to be promoted like that. That’s great. But it should be accessible to everyone.”
Commissioner Sasha Childs added that more than 40 percent of the Valley County workforce would not provide enough to afford the baseline level for these homes.
Earlier this week, KTVB reported that Roseberry Park, LLC said people can buy a manufactured home from the developer for $180,000 to $220,000.
“I was hoping that these 200 people would relieve other rents or our labor force struggling for rents. As I was doing the math on this, I came to this similar conclusion, which is that this is not going to satisfy a local need,” Childs said. “It will probably bring more people into the community and that is not necessarily a negative thing. But when we talk about a proposal that talks about affordable housing for our workforce, it doesn’t exactly meet that need.”
Not the “correct app”
Commissioner Ken Roberts listed various violations or examples of an applicant not following the Idaho Code, the comprehensive plan, and several laws and ordinances to justify the denial. This includes an application that does not protect the private property rights of surrounding property and that this application does not attempt to preserve the “natural character of the land”.
“To protect property rights while providing accommodation for other necessary types of development such as low-cost housing, and mobile home parks,” Roberts said. “This is one of the charges in the Idaho Code. But the key there is the protection of private property rights. I don’t know that this app does that for the surrounding properties.”
[Over 200 manufactured homes planned near Donnelly]
Two commissioners noted that it could be more affordable now, but later it could be less if rent increases occur.
“…Rent increase. I think that’s a major concern,” Commissioner Catelyn Caldwell said. “For now, it might be affordable again, and I wouldn’t call it low-income housing, but it might be affordable right now, but In four years, it definitely won’t be.”
It has also been noted that well-manufactured homes can be a solution. However, Childs said this was not the correct application.
“I think we need to see more manufactured home applications. I don’t think this is the right location and I don’t think this is the right density,” Childs said. “I’ve done a bit of research on manufactured home gardens in the country. Many of them are located in industrial and commercial type areas to not affect property values in the surrounding areas. So we have an affordable housing problem that needs to be addressed. I don’t think this is the right app for this site.”