Transportation consultants hired to analyze potential impacts on Hailey streets from the proposed Quigley Farm development reported Monday that the project would not have significant impacts at traffic intersections, but would require expansion of turning lanes on Fox Acres Road at the intersection of state Highway 75 and at Creekside Drive.
The Hailey City Council is considering whether to annex the development on 116 acres in Quigley Canyon, or recommend instead a county planned-unit-development application. The Quigley Farm plan calls for 200 residential units, athletic fields, mixed-use retail/commercial and nonprofit offices, a trailhead, lodging and a school.
The city’s consulting firm Alta Planning and Design has identified Fox Acres Road and a conduit of streets from Quigley Road to Eighth Avenue to Bullion Street as primary avenues into and out of the development.
Traffic impacts have been a primary concern of opponents to the development, about 15 of whom were at the Community Campus on Monday to address a report presented by Lochner engineering firm Senior Project Engineer Lewis Venard.
Venard said that upon final buildout in 2042, Quigley Farm would produce on average 3,833 automobile trips per weekday, with peak-hour numbers of about 500 roundtrips in and out of the development each morning and each afternoon. He said the increase from the development would be negligible, based on traffic counts taken on Nov. 17, 2016, and March 30, 2017.
“Even if you double these amounts, it’s not going to make a difference,” he said.
Several Quigley area residents took issue with the report, questioning Venard’s data collection processes and assumptions about traffic changes once Quigley Farm is built, especially after construction of a proposed road three-tenths of a mile into Quigley Canyon connecting Fox Acres Road with Quigley Road.
“A bunch of traffic will move from Fox Acres to Bullion,” Quigley Road resident Jim Phillips said.
Community Development Director Lisa Horowitz instructed city staff to gather traffic counts from the Hailey Streets Department to corroborate Venard’s findings, and to find out how much traffic out of the Quigley area is dispersed onto Hailey streets and northward, rather than ending up on Main Street.
Don Kostelec of Alta Planning and Design said Venard’s analysis went “beyond the norm” for a traffic study by including “background growth” not associated with the development and extending the data projections for 25 years. He said he supported Venard’s data and conclusions, and tried to console the attendees who expected the study to yield data that would support opposition to the proposed development.
“It’s hard to take when the technical analysis doesn’t show what…