The following article appeared in the Challis Messenger Online for
July 23, 2004.
Hosac proposed land exchange with City of Stanley
By Anna Means
The Stanley City Council heard a pitch at their regular meeting July 14 to
swap their land on the hill above town for some acreage in the Valley
Steve Hosac submitted a proposal to trade 24.18 acres owned by The Hosac
Company, Inc. (THC) for 18.15 acres the city owns up on the hill by the
city park, school, chapel and airport. He suggested this trade would give
the city prime recreational development land while his company could
accommodate the needs of the community.
The city’s property was part of a 40-acre parcel granted to Stanley by the
BLM. The major string attached to the gift was a deed restriction that the
property could only be used for recreation. The city park was built, but a
remaining 18 acres have lay fallow for years. The only way that acreage
can be developed is for the city to trade it for land of equal or greater
Hosac suggested the land on the hill could be considered surplus property
since it would cost too much to expand the park and would never be a
tourist draw because it is out of sight, too far from the commercial
district and not within easy walking distance of town.
Conversely, the Valley Creek land owned by THC is close to the community
building and could easily be developed into a recreational area. Another
benefit, he said, is that there are geothermal and water rights to some of
If the exchange went through, THC would offer four hilltop acres for sale
to the LDS Church. The church has been looking for a building site for
years. Because the land isn’t presently on the tax rolls, the city
wouldn’t be losing any ad valorem base. Plus, the area is zoned municipal
and churches are an approved use in that category.
THC would also develop 20-25 residential units (minimum 20,000 square foot
lots) that could expand the property rolls for the city. If a need could
be demonstrated, THC would build one or more four-plex condominium units
as affordable housing, either for sale or rent, for full time residents.
Any development, he said, would not interfere with the school, chapel or
Hosac said the Valley Creek land could be turned into a family oriented
recreation area that he believed was badly needed. He suggested it could
be called Valley Creek Recreational Nature Area and have picnic areas,
pedestrian paths, ponds (for fishing and wading), nature study areas and
viewing platforms. Because there are geothermal rights, the city could
also build a public hot water spa.
He envisioned paths from Mountain Village, the Community Building and the
Elk Meadows property that might eventually be obtained from the Forest
Service to accommodate seasonal housing, an RV park and All Season Events
Hosac said if the trade goes through, the city would eventually have to
relocate its buildings on the hill. But, before anything could be
initiated, appraisals of both properties would have to be completed.
The council agreed to pursue appraisal of its property while also setting
up time for public input.