Well, the Hayden City Council just approved the Preliminary Platt Plan for the 53 homes of the Hayden Meadows Development.
Although the room was full with standing room only, Council members Panabaker, Saterfiel, and DeLange voted in favor, and Council member Roetter voted to deny.
The primary issue was the discussion of the new traffic that will be generated by the 53 homes, primarily on Maple St. The representative of the developer suggested that kids coming from the neighborhoods on west side of Maple will cut through the development and then up to a gate at the back of the school, or on to Finucane and up to the school, instead of walking north on Maple to Hayden and then to the school, as they probably have been forever.
I find it hard to believe that kids will walk south on Maple, then cut through the development and go north to the gate. Kids will take the direct route that they have been using forever, but there was no discussion about that.
There was discussion that Maple is a narrow, dangerous street, and has been forever. Not much emphasis was put on the increase of traffic during morning hours on Maple to increase the already increasing traffic on Maple from the 53 homes.
There was very little discussion about the Comprehensive Plan Traffic Plan that has identified Maple as in need of improvement. (Project 212). IMO, the city could have, should have, tabled the development until a resolution of how Maple St. was going to improved per Project 212.
The city does have grounds to delay the development based on the safety issue, but three members elected not to do so. In the environment of rapid and dense growth, safety is becoming an increasing issue that cities, if they wanted to, could use to slow down the growth until issues like Maple St. can be resolved.
The bottom line is that slow growth candidates must be found and people have to get out and knock on doors and then get people to vote in November.
I am certain, and have heard from people who are going to run in November, that Hayden will have choices in November. Please don’t be discouraged. Hang in with us and work for the day when slow growth people are in the majority. It will probably be status quo until November, but if people get active and network with friends and neighbors, we can change the direction.
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