Re-Zoning 'Banner Night For Star Valley,' Mayor Says

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Star Valley has several new developments in the works.

On Tuesday night, the town council unanimously approved re-zoning for the Freegard property to C-3 Commercial with a Planned Area Development.

The new zoning brings the project -- which will drastically change downtown Star Valley with the addition of a post office, three-story hotel, two restaurants and a town hall building -- one step closer to a reality.

Mayor Chuck Heron said the next step on the project would be working with engineers. Construction could start as early as May.

"This is a banner night for Star Valley," Heron said at the council meeting. "I hope you all join us in welcoming the developers and architect that put this together."

Newest committee

With growth and new developments such as the Windmill Village project on the Freegard Property coming to Star Valley, the town is creating a new committee that will offer opinions about the design of new structures.

The town is currently accepting applications for the Architectural Design Committee, a volunteer committee consisting of five members who will be appointed for three-year terms. The committee's task will review all commercial building plans within 1,000 feet of Highway 260. It will also present an architectural design review to the town council and be responsible for handling citizen and builder complaints.

Applicants must be residents of Star Valley.

Town Manager Vito Tedeschi said the committee is another important development in the general plan process for the town. Its mission is to develop standards and keep the architectural design consistent with the area, he said.

The Windmill Village development will most likely be the first plan that the committee has input on, Tedeschi said.

Ride program for seniors

The Town of Star Valley has contracted with the Payson Senior Center to offer free rides to Star Valley seniors (ages 50 and older), in a new program that will begin Monday, April 2.

On April 2 and every Monday thereafter, a handicapped-equipped van will pick up participants at their Star Valley homes and transport them to any location in Payson or Star Valley, including doctor's appointments or the grocery store.

Participants will be dropped off at their homes after their needed destinations and errands have been achieved. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday.

Tedeschi said that only two people have signed up for the program, but he expects about 10 before it kicks off on April 2.

"We've done all we can to notify folks," he said. "People are always hesitant at first."

He added that the two seniors who are already signed up were very happy to have the service available to them.

Anyone interested in the program will need to register at Star Valley Town Hall. Participation in the program includes a registration fee of $10 to obtain a ridership card. The card will be good for free rides for a year.

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