Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hailey Developer Who Blocked Trail When Annexation Was Nixed Now Wants to Make Nice

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

A Hailey man, who blocked off public access to trails in Quigley Canyon when city officials refused to green-light a 400-home housing development, now apparently wants to make nice.

In May, the City of Hailey decided against annexing approximately 900 acres of Quigley Canyon into the city, which would have allowed developer David Hennessy's plans for development. Hennessy retaliated by blocking off Quigley trail access to the public, posting a sign that "due to the city's of Hailey's recent denial of our annexation proposal, we can no longer provide public access to this property." Additionally, Hennessy hired a backhoe operator to dig a 100-foot-long, 2-foot-deep trench along Quigley Road. But when city officials said he had gone too far, the digging stopped and the trench was filled.

Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said that Hennessy's actions were "sad."

But this morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that Haemmerle had received a call from Hennessy saying that the developer was still open to negotiate "housing density, project phasing and other features of the proposed development."

"Frankly, I don't know if this is a negotiating tactic, a bluff or real," said Haemmerle, according to the Mountain Express. "[Hennessy] had better bring his absolute best offer."

A public hearing on the matter was scheduled for Monday, July 16.

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