*Attention* Upcoming City Council Meeting- Tuesday Jan 24th @ 6pm

Boise city residents may attend the city council meeting in-person or virtually, however having a physical presence at the meeting is the best way to have your voice heard. Physical location for the meeting is Boise City Hall | 150 N. Capitol Blvd. | Boise, ID 83702.

If residents would like to attend virtually, please visit the following website to learn how: https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/finance-and-administration/city-clerk/public-meetings/#participate

South Cole Neighborhood Association will be speaking on the following topic (see below)


VIA EMAIL TO mayormclean@cityofboise.orgmayor@cityofboise.orgeclegg@cityofboise.orgjhallyburton@cityofboise.orglwillits@cityofboise.orglsanchez@cityofboise.orgpbageant@cityofboise.orghwoodings@cityofboise.orgJHeinzerling@cityofboise.org

January 17, 2023

Mayor Lauren McLean

Boise City Council Members

Boise City Hall

150 N Capitol Blvd.

Boise, ID 83702

RE: An Initiative Requiring Voter Approval for Changes to Parks or Open Spaces in Excess of Five Percent of Land Area

I write to share my support for the Parks and Open Space Protection Initiative and to encourage the Mayor and Council to adopt it in its current form. This ballot initiative has received broad support among Boise residents because it serves the best interests of the public.

With the population growth in our area, parks are needed even more for the physical and mental health of Boiseans and to ensure our youth have fields to play sports. It is clear now more than ever, that the City must protect and preserve our cherished public lands, so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.

I believe it is necessary to allow the public to have a say on what is in the public’s best interest. All city parks should share the same protection so that all Boiseans have the same protection of their parks.

The Parks Protection Initiative also protects publicly owned Open Space. The City Council offers no alternative program to protect Open Space. The loss of Open Space is an inexcusable environmental choice, causing permanent loss of wildlife and plant life, adverse impacts to water quality, air quality, noise mitigation, groundwater, and net carbon footprint.  Environmentalists and recreationalists agree that those natural public lands deserve to be preserved and protected from development, now and in the future.


For these reasons, I support the Parks Protection Initiative and encourage the Mayor and Council to adopt it in its current form. Please accept this as my written testimony and I look forward to the hearing on January 24, 2023.

Very truly yours,

[John Q. Public]

5110 W. Gowen Rd.- Design Review Committee Request

Boise’s Design Review Committee will hear this item at a public hearing at 6:00pm on January 11, 2023.

Project Information:

Case Number: DRH22-00439

Applicant: Insight Architects

Request: Construct a new Boise Parks and Recreation maintenance facility with two buildings totaling approximately 51,840 square feet and associated outdoor storage on property in a M-1D (Light Industrial with Design Review) zone.

To stream the hearing: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2023/january/design-review-committee/

To learn more about the project: https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/CapDetail.aspx?Module=Planning&TabName=Planning&capID1=22CAP&capID2=00000&capID3=017BM&agencyCode=BOISE

1715 S Maple Grove Rd.- Public Hearing Notice to Rezone

Boise’s City Council will hear this item at a public hearing at 6:00pm on January 10, 2023.

Project Information:

Case Number: CAR22-00015

Applicant: Westminster Homes

Request: Applicant is seeking approval for land division at 1715 S. Maple Grove Road. Property is a 1.63 acre lot with one preexisting single family dwelling. Owner would like to divide property into 4 lots, and build 3 single family dwellings, each with AUD, on the new lots.

To stream the hearing: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/city-council/2023/january/city-council/

To learn more about the project: https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/CapDetail.aspx?Module=Planning&TabName=Planning&capID1=22CAP&capID2=00000&capID3=00MMC&agencyCode=BOISE

2667 Victory Way. 33700 sf Industrial Building.

D&A Door Company is planning on building a second building on their property at 2667 Victory Way. The property is east of Maple Grove and north of Victory, behind Maple Grove Elementary. Boise Design Review Committee will hear the matter at 6:00 on December 14.

How to Attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2022/december/design-review-committee/

Details at drh22-00414


South Cole Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

The South Cole Neighborhood Association annual meeting will be held on December 8 at the Dennis Technical Center, 3324 S Milwaukee Lane, Suite 110. Enter through the south side of the Technical Center.

Social time 6:00 – 6:30, business portion starts at 6:30 and includes board member elections.

If you are interested in running for the board, or want more information, please send email to board@southcole.org or message me.

6780 S Cole. Boat & RV Storage

A neighborhood meeting will be held at 6:30 pm November 29 at 6780 S Cole.

The project site is south and east of the Lake Hazel / Cole Road intersection. The project consists of three single level metal buildings, with room for two more in the future.

Details at
pac22-00188 (https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/GlobalSearchResults.aspx?QueryText=pac22-00188)

The project belongs to Craig McLeod, he can be reached at 209-954-9276, if you have questions and cannot attend the meeting.

7735 Victory Annexation & Rezone

Gem State Planning is looking to annex 7.8 acres at 7735 Victory and rezone as R-1C. They plan on building 35 single family homes as a subdivision called Callisto Heights.

Boise City Council will hear the matter on November 29 at 6:00 pm.

How to Attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/city-council/2022/november/city-council-2/

Details at:

2700 S Beverly, new 84000 sf Industrial Building

The Boise Design Review Committee will hear this item on October 12, at 6:00.

The property is east or Cole and north of Victory. The property is zoned M1D. (light industrial).

How to Attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2022/october/design-review-committee/

Details at drh22-00350


The above link has very detailed plans about the building design and construction. I could find no information on the intended use or tenet. Since there is no rezone requested, it is safe to assume that the use will be consistent with the M1D designation, and with the surrounding properties.

Murio Farms is active again

A neighborhood meeting will be held on October 12 at 6:00 at Desert Sage Elementary School, 9325 Mossywood Drive.

Murio farms is a planned development that was announced in April, 2021 with a neighborhood meeting in June 2021. The project covers 380 acres between Cole Ave and Maple Grove south of Lake Hazel. 3400 units are planned.

The developer is the Land Group, the current property is owned by the Murgoitio family.

Details can be found at car21-00022


The new neighborhood meeting notice does not (directly) include facts about the development such as size and number and type of units. Nor does it reference the city planning page or id (car21-00022). Information on the city page and the Land Group web site has not been updated since summer of 2021. However the neighborhood meeting notice has the same map used in 2021, so I am confident that my “old facts” are still accurate.

The city requires a new development to send notice to people who live within 300 feet of the property (plus one, me, the South Cole neighborhood association contact). Since most of the area is open farmland, very few people are notified by this requirement.

The development will affect everyone who lives near, or uses, S Cole or S Maple Grove. In 2021 we had a huge turnout thanks to posts like this and people like you passing the message on to friends. The Land Group was not happy with the large turn out and all the questions asked by people beyond the 300 ft area. Don’t let then turn you away, these meetings are open to all interested parties, not just those with a mail invite. Please attend, ask your questions, and get your thoughts (positive and negative) on the record .

7735 Victory, Annex and Rezone

Gem State Planning is looking to annex 7.8 acres at 7735 Victory and rezone as R-1C.

They plan on building 35 single family homes as a subdivision called Callisto Heights.

Boise Planning and Zoning will hear the matter on October 3 at 6:00 pm.

How to Attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/city-council/2022/october/city-council/

Details at car22-00017 (https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/GlobalSearchResults.aspx?QueryText=car22-00017)