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Letter To The Editor – Christina Stanley

Dear Editor,

As mentioned before, on January 18th , 2022, the Weiser Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing to consider Agile Homes proposal to modify setbacks and open space requirements for our B & B1 zoning regulations for their new subdivision. The commission voted three to one to deny the proposal.

Now, Agile Homes is taking this a step further and will be asking the Weiser City Council to change our zoning regulations to fit their needs. This request is to change regulations for B and B1 zoning regulations, which will apply to all new residential construction in B and B1 zoning moving forward in the City of Weiser, not just their current development as was their prior request. They are claiming that they need this change to satisfy the needs and wants of their prospective home buyers and give them more options for RV parking, additional garages, larger homes, etc. It reminds me of my granddaughters running to Papa when Grammy says no.

What Agile Homes is not telling you in their request is that they do not need this zoning change to satisfy those needs. The zoning regulations are minimum requirements and the number of homes approved for this subdivision is a maximum number. There is absolutely nothing stopping Agile Homes from building less homes and increasing the size of all or some of the lots in the subdivision to accommodate the needs of their buyers.

Keep in mind, Agile homes is an experienced home builder with multiple projects in the state. An experienced home builder would not design a project without knowing the zoning requirements, building codes and regulations for the community in which they are building. They would also have knowledge of their target customers when planning a new subdivision. This leads to the question, why now? Why didn’t Agile Homes ask for these changes as part of the initial approval process? What is the motivation now that was not there before? They claim it is to satisfy the needs of their customers, but they already have that ability. This is the question I want answered, as should anyone who is concerned with how growth progresses in Weiser.

There will be a public hearing on Monday February 14 th , 2022, at 6:00pm prior to the regular Weiser City Council Meeting. You can either attend the meeting and speak in person, or you can send a written statement to the council voicing your concern, approval, or request a delay in this decision until more information is presented on how this change will affect Weiser. Your statements will be provided to all council members for review and consideration in the meeting packets they receive on Friday February 11th , 2022.

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