32-unit project is proposed in Ponderay

by Keith Kinnaird
News Editor | April 12, 2020 1:00 AM

PONDERAY — The city’s planning and zoning commission is conducting a public hearing on a proposed apartment complex and townhome project on Wednesday, April 15.

The hearing starts at 5:30 p.m., although only planning commissioners and city staff are allowed to be present at City Hall due to the restriction on gatherings of 10 or more people related to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the city is making arrangements for an electronic method of participation for the project applicants and members of the public to participate in the hearing, Ponderay City Planning said in a notice of hearing.

Crystal Creek, a Hayden limited-liability corporation is seeking a special use permit to construct four buildings to house 32 apartment units. Each building will contain eight townhomes with a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, each of which will have a separate garage and an adjoining tandem parking stall.

The proposed Alder Creek Townhomes project would be located at the corner of Kootenai Cutoff Road and Larkspur Street.

The property is currently zoned commercial and surrounded by other commercial properties, according to a project narrative. Ponderay’s municipal code allows for multi-family homes with a special use permit.

“Considering the surrounding commercial uses, the close proximity to major arterial streets, and the nearby multi-family projects to the south, this is an ideal use for the proposed use,” Cystal Creek said in the narrative.

The commission will also be revisiting the proposed Retreat at Bay Trail, an 82-lot subdivision off Lutzke Drive. The board remanded the project back to the applicant for additional information earlier this month.

Information on how to participate in the hearing remotely will be posted to the city’s website (cityofponderay.org) at least seven days before the hearing. Project documents can also be viewed on the city’s website by selecting the P&Z tab in the site’s drop-down menu.

Keith Kinnaird can be reached by email at kkinnaird@bonnercountydailybee.com and follow him on Twitter @KeithDailyBee.