Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hailey Mayor 'Frosty' to City's Proposed Sustainability Plan

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

In May, Boise Weekly examined ramped-up efforts by the city of Boise to craft new sustainability efforts (BW, News, "A Sustainable Boise," May 29, 2013).

"Sustainability is part of our city's marrow," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "It's at the core of our efforts to make Boise the most livable city in the country."

Meanwhile, Bieter's counterpart in the city of Hailey, has been a bit "frosty" to his city's most recent sustainability plan, according to the Idaho Mountain Express.

On Nov. 4, when Hailey city staff unveiled an 11-page document, titled a "Green Economic Development Plan," which maps out a strategy of promoting sustainability guidelines while stimulating job growth, the Mountain Express reports that Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle expressed some concern.

"I think there is a stigma associated with [the green plan], which could drive away other businesses," Haemmerle told the Mountain Express. "We do not want to stop businesses from coming here."

Two Hailey City Council members have already suggested edits to the plan: one wants to remove a tax incentive priority for green-friendly businesses; another wants to remove a provision to support bio-fuels production.

The proposed sustainability plan isn't expected to garner immediate approval.

"It will not see the light of day again until we have an overall economic plan in place," said Haemmerle.

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