The Land Use and Development Commission for the city of Chubbuck hosted a public forum tonight to discuss the future of a potential indoor recreation center.
The commission approved their recommendation for both parts presented tonight, first a zone change for the plot of land they want to use, that passed unanimously and without question, and second the subdivision preliminary plat that took a little more discussion.
“Make a motion that we recommend approval…”
The plot of land that the Auditorium District plans on building this 40,000 square foot Indoor Recreation and Events Center on was originally zoned for agricultural use, so first things first, they had to get the zoning changed to general commercial. After presenting the facts, there wasn’t a single objection.
“Comment? If there’s no further discussion then I’d entertain a motion.”
But then came the subdivision preliminary plans. The area of land is located just north of Knudsen Boulevard, and has residential areas nearby. Some were concerned with increased traffic on poorly maintained roads, and others were concerned with water. Basements around the area have already flooded a few times in the past years, and with acres of asphalt not soaking up water the way dirt does, their concerns are getting more serious.
“Once that canal, the berm area that holds that canal in place right now is gone, it exposes everything from Knudsen Boulevard all the way to our property line. Now, the berm should help.”
The representative for the Auditorium District assured those in attendance that they already have plans in place to combat the flooding issue with new canals and berms, and the commission made this change a part of their recommendation along with more thought on ways or dealing with increased traffic on Linden. With these issues hopefully taken care of, most in Chubbuck think that this potential new building will benefit the community it’s in.
“Oh, I think so. I’ve never had a problem with that, it’s just our concern has always been the water issue.”
The recreation and events center would give Chubbuck the opportunity to bring more activity to their city, for example its plans contain three regulation size basketball courts right now in hopes that it could attract things like AAU basketball tournaments.
Now, this was just the Commission deciding on a recommendation, they will pass on their support to the City Council who has the ultimate approval in whether or not this project moves forward on February 11th.