Planning weighs Hayden hotel chain

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The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday will consider a rezoning application for a hotel and garden center proposed for the west end of town.

The board's recommendation on an application submitted by Starla Sills, who is planning a 60-unit hotel near 1300 W. Jefferson Ave., will then go to the Hayden Town Board.

Town Manager Russ Martin said the hotel was a "recognizable chain" but declined to say which one.

The projects are proposed for 7 acres of land zoned open. The applicant wants the front half of the parcel zoned commercial for the hotel and the back half zoned industrial for the garden center.

The town is in the process of revising its comprehensive plan to prepare for development in Hayden. The need to attract more sales tax dollars by encouraging commercial development downtown has been discussed in several meetings.

In light of such considerations, the Planning Commission will discuss whether commercial development in the proposed area will contribute to the overall goals of the comprehensive plan.

The commission also will make recommendations on several minor subdivision projects Thursday night.

The Town Board recently approved a streamlined review process for small subdivision projects.

The new ordinance will be applied to an application from Mary Schminkey, who wants to subdivide a lot west of Riverview Drive and north of the railroad tracks into six lots.

The lots will be along a private access road will be used for storage and warehouse purposes and will not require city services.

The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Hayden Town Hall.

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