SUGAR CITY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE: 7-14-17 About 100 people turned out at a Sugar City council meeting Thursday to voice their objection to the proposed Old Farm Estates development plan. Of the 100, only 2 supported the plan.
It has already passed through the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and an earlier City Council vote.
Over 250 residents in the town of 1,500 had signed a petition objecting to the Lerwill Development plan. Most are concerned about the high-density zoning contained in the plan, which could ultimately result in as many as 1,400 new apartment units.
The Sugar City Council will meet again Thursday to review public input. It will likely decide then whether to send the issue back to the Planning and Zoning Commission or allow the development to move forward.
A public hearing will take place tonight in Sugar City's City Hall building. The meeting will address concerns from residents about the approved apartment development.
"To look at our decision based on new information if we need to change or modify or remain the same decision," says Mayor David Ogden.
The motion for the hearing was filed by a citizen's group, Citizens for the Rule of Law.
"We've been told that we are not for growth, and that's not true, we are. But we want it to be more steady and more slow and more appropriate for Sugar. We're afraid that the fast growth that they're proposing is going to hurt our schools and hurt our city," says Barbara Lusk, Sugar City resident.
The city says they have codes in place to regulate the expected growth. The city's proposed plan is set to increase
"We hope to increase our commercial base, which will provide additional public infrastructure but it will also provide additional taxes to pay for that," says Ogden.
The citizen's group thinks otherwise.
"We're told that it will provide a better tax base to have those apartments there and when we asked the city lawyer that at the meeting he actually said it won't increase the tax base," says Lusk.
The city says they are going into the meeting with open minds and listening ears.
"We're willing to listen to anybody. We appreciate all of the opinions and all of the things. It helps us to formulate what might be best for the city," says Ogden.