Sep 7, 2023
The most important part of this article is a list of links to all 25 Planning and Zoning meetings minutes (2019 to 2021) that concern development of Hayden's 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
The reason these P & Z minutes are important is because they are the best insight that the public has, as to how the 2040 Comp Plan was developed, and how the changes to the city's zoning code came about.
The Planning process was guided by just a few city employees, most of whom no longer work for the city. And of the original seven members of the P & Z Commission who assisted in vetting the Plan, only three remain on the commission (Alan Davis, Shawn Taylor, Benjamin Prickett).
The 2040 Comp Plan is enormously complicated and it involved monumental changes to how the city handles multi-family housing. Yet very few people understand it, or know its history.
One of these people is Alan Davis, a candidate for the Mayor of Hayden. He was on the P & Z Commission during the entire period the plan was being developed, and he attended dozens of P & Z meetings where the details of the new plan were discussed. And if the 2040 Plan that resulted from these discussions did not have so many serious problems, this experience might have been invaluable for a future Mayor.
But unfortunately for the residents of Hayden, the entire P & Z Commission appears to have supported the plan and were complicit in promoting its worst abuses.
According to the minutes of dozens of P & Z meetings, P & Z Commissioners made no effort to push back on increased residential densities or the new, streamlined approval process for multi-family housing, that removed the standing of most residents to object to new development. Instead, the commissioners unanimously supported all of the city's changes to zoning regulations, even those that were most harmful to the interests of existing residents.
But is this a fair analysis? It is clear that changes were made to the city's zoning regulations that are unpopular with the majority of Hayden residents. But were they necessary? What were the arguments in favor of the 2040 Comp Plan? How were they resolved?
Insight into the 2040 Comp Plan
To answer these questions and to get an accurate idea of whether such disruptive changes to Hayden's growth plans and zoning regulations were justified, it is helpful to review the minutes of public meetings at which these issues were discussed.
The minutes to all of Hayden's planning and zoning meetings from 2018 are available on the City's website. However, only the dates of the meetings are provided, not the subject matter. Therefore, Save Hayden has produced a catalog of P & Z meetings that includes links to the minutes, and also summarizes the major agenda items covered at each meeting. It is hoped that this additional information will make it easier for people to access P & Z minutes on specific topics of interest.
There are two versions of this list of P & Z meetings. The first, Five Years of Planning and Zoning, includes all P &Z meetings from the beginning of 2019 to the present. A PDF version of the Complete List is Here.
The second collection of P & Z meetings, focuses only on those that occurred between 2019 and 2021, during which changes to the 2040 Comp Plan were discussed. A list of these meetings is included below, and a PDF version of the 2019-21Comp Plan related meetings is Here.
P & Z Meetings and the 2040 Comp Plan
The contents of the second PDF file is listed below. Only a few the P & Z meetings are Public Hearings. Most are workshops, where the Planning and Zoning Commisioners discuss proposed revisions to the zoning code with the city's senior planners and attorneys.
Note: Minutes for joint workshops that include both the P & Z Commission and the City Council are recorded as CC rather then PZ meetings.
- JOINT CC/P&Z WORKSHOP: Comprehensive Plan Overview.
- Plan to work on four parts of the comp plan concurrently (parks, sewer, roads).
- Utility Infrastructure Zone Text Amendment—Wireless Facilities Granted Special Rights.
- Workshop: Accessory Structures in Residential zones, Outdoor storage in Commercial zones.
- Workshop: Various Minor Code Amendments, such as residential frontage improvements
- Workshop: Comprehensive Plan Introduction, continued Sept 16
- Miscellaneous Code Amendments, Driveways, Outdoor Storage, Accessory Buildings
- PZE 19-0242 McCarthey Special Use Permit for duplexes
- Discussion: Fall 2019 code Amendments
- Workshop: Sign Code (11-22-1), Changes to SUP and ZMP Standards of Approval
- Announcement: Public Survey for Imagine Hayden is Open During November.
PUBLIC HEARING: Title 11 Code Amendments, NO Public Comments or Discussion.
- Appeal process, city council and P/Z decisions
- Mobile Food Pilot Program (food truck permits)
- Uses Permitted/Special Uses: Accessory Dwellings, Storage, Daycare
- Standards of Approval for Special Use Permits
- Standards of Approval for Zone Map Amendments
- Design Standards
- Standards of Approval for PUDs and Site Plans
- Sign Code
COVID SHUTDOWN: March-May 2020, work on Comprehensive Plan continued.
- Workshop: Comprehensive Plan Status: Goals, Policies, Actions
- Consultant from SJC Alliance will assist.
- "Comp Plan is a 'Living Document', meant to change over time.
- PZE 20-0111, a request for a Special Use Permit by owners 162 E. Hayden Avenue.
- Workshop: Mixed Use Zone Type proposed for Future Land Use Map.
JUNE 24, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
- JOINT CC/P&Z WORKSHOP: Imagine Hayden Review.
- Workshop: Mixed Residential & Mixed Use Zones
PUBLIC HEARING: Imagine Hayden 2040 Comp Plan
- PZE-20-0177, Foy Zone Map Amendment (RS-LI 8.76 Acres)
- WORKSHOP - Title 12, Subdivisions, Boundary Line Adjustments
- Cramer Resigns. Mary Howard new member. Alan Davis voted in as Vice Chair,
- Workshop -- Title 11, Zoning Regulations, Zoning Types
- Pzn-20-0021 Jackies Family Trust Annexation (to RS, R1 was requested)
- PZB-20-0171 Subdivision Code Text Amendment
- Discussion: Density Bonuses for Open Space.
Imagine Hayden Open Houses were held between October 2020, and Dec 2020.
NOVEMBER 17, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
- JOINT CC/P&Z WORKSHOP: Title 11 Subdivision Code.
- “Need 'missing middle' housing” (densify single family neighborhoods)
- “Visions” of new code, Mixed Use, Mixed Residential.
- Workshop: Title 11 Mixed Use Zone
- PZE-20-0223 Rainey Zone Map Amendment (A to R1)
- Workshop: Title 11, Sign Code, Density Bonuses, Affordable Housing, ADUs, Lighting
JANUARY 26, 2021 NEED MINUTES FROM CITY COUNCIL NONE Available.
- JOINT CC/P&Z WORKSHOP: Jerry Mason, Attorney: Comp Plan and Land Use
- PZE-20-0246, Bradley Moss, Special Use Permit Birdies Pies, Drive through Window
- Workshop: General Discussion with P/Z, address questions, no new material.
- Attorney Kling reviews responsibilities of P/Z Commission; SOAs for SUPs and ZMAs.
- Kling: Standards of Approval have been "streamlined" . "We want standards that do not hang us up."
- Workshop: Title 11 Code Amendments. Review of all changes.
- Changes to SOAs, appeals, process are referenced as "Administrative" Changes.
- Lighting standards Change to provide for LED streetlights are discussed
PUBLIC HEARING: Title 11 Zoning Regulations Changes.
- Staff Presentation. No Public Comments.
- Workshop: City-wide Zone Map Amendment, Discussion regarding MU vs. MR vs. R-MF
- More Public Commentary as Residents are made aware of New Zoning Regulations
- PZE-21-0109 - Hayden Meadows Estates Subdivision, 53 lots on 16 acres off Maple. Kukla Co.
- WORKSHOP - Zone Text Amendment to reduce maximum density of MU.
- City of Hayden Code Text Amendment (R-MF Interim Ordinance)
- City of Hayden Code Text Amendment (Mixed Use Design Standards, Title 4 & Title 11)
- PZE-21-0179 Hayden Bible Fellowship Conditional Use Permit (Davis, Taylor Vote Against)
- Corey Anderson, of Mountain West Bank, resigns from the Commission
- WORKSHOP with Caitlyn Kling and Donna Philips: Open Meeting Laws
- Televised Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings
- Long Range Planning Documents: Imagine Hayden: Review all 4 documents.
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