Proposal reduces project process


The Hayden Town Board approved an ordinance Thursday night that will reduce the review process for minor subdivision projects.

"This has been on my priority list since I got here, and now it's come to the top," said Town Manager Russ Martin, who wanted the ordinance approved in time for at least two applicants who will come before the Hayden Planning Commission next Thursday.

The simplified process will apply to applications for minor projects such as dividing lots that already have services.

Instead of the six or more meetings required with the Planning Commission and the Town Board, the new ordinance will require a minimum of one meeting each with the board and commission.

The process should take about a month, instead of the three or more months necessary for the regular subdivision review process, Martin said.

In other business, the board discussed the need for two alternate members for the Planning Commission. It initially was suggested the alternates would fill empty seats on the seven-member commission.

Board members decided alternates should only step in when there are less than four seats filled. A quorum or majority must be present for the commission to take action on issues during regular or special meetings.

The board will begin advertising for applicants for the alternate positions.

Also on Thursday, board members voted to appoint Richard "Festus" Hagins and Jill Altman to vacant positions on the Hayden Recreation Board.

The Town Board also approved an application from the Hayden Chamber of Commerce to sell 3.2 beer at the Hayden Valley Summerfest on June 26 in Town Park.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail


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