*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)

PLEASE WRITE TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TODAY!! 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.

[SHARE WHY PARKS ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU —PLACES FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY, RELAXATION AND STRESS REDUCTION, WALKING DOGS, PHOTOGRAPHING SUNSETS, IMPROMPTU PICNICS, SPORTS FOR YOUNG AND OLD…]

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]

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

5121 Gowen (Indian Lakes) Rezone

The airport wants to rezone the property east of Indian Lakes from A2 (permanent open space) to M1D (light industrial).

The Boise City Council will hear the matter on May 17 at 6:00 pm.

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

Details at car21-00037

There is a lot of public resistance to this request. The request, if approved, would put incompatible  Industrial use right next to the Indian Lakes golf course subdivision and the Western Riding Club. Previously, P&Z rejected the rezone of the two A2 parcels. It approved the two A1 parcels, closer to Gowen Ave.

The opponents put in a lot of time and effort to make the case against industrial use here. Despite that effort and getting a desirable outcome at P&Z, the city council can reject P&Zs finding and approve the development anyway. So those in opposition cannot rest and have to fight the battle again.

2587 Maple Grove, Rezone

13 single family, detached homes are planned for 1.7 acres adjacent and north of Molenaar Park. There is a request to rezone from R1A to R1C.

Boise City Council will hear this item March 15, 6:00pm at city hall. How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/city-council/2022/march/city-council-2/

Project details at car21-00036. https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/GlobalSearchResults.aspx?QueryText=car21-00036

8373 W Victory Rezone

This is a high density project adjacent to three schools.

Layton Construction wants to rezone 15 acres from A1 (open land) to R3D/DA (43 units/acre). The developer is proposing 301 units on the property. The property is on the south side of Victory, immediately north of West Junior High and west of the Boise School District offices.

The Boise City Council will hear the application on March 8 at 6:00pm.

How to attend:

https://www.cityofboise.org/events/city-council/2022/march/city-council-1/

Details at

car21-00038

https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/GlobalSearchResults.aspx?QueryText=car21-00038

Many of you attended the Boise zoning code rewrite meeting last week at West. My take-away was that the city wants to incrementally increase density. Not by big changes, but small changes such as allowing slightly smaller properties within each zone.

This project is an example of what was ignored, and got very little discussion. It is nothing like the gentle increase plan presented by the city.

The project is not compatible with the close proximity to the schools, nor with the density of the adjacent neighborhood.

The buildings height will be 40 feet. Certainly much higher than the surrounding homes, and probably higher than the schools and admin building as well.

The 299 units have a total of 648 bedrooms. Yet they only plan for 386 parking spots. There is no parking on Victory, the school will certainly not allow overflow parking in the school parking lots. The overflow will go into the residential area to the west.

City Council Hearing on Cell Towers

The City Council will hear on an Amendment to the Development Code regarding Communication Facilities on November 30, 6:00PM.

How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/city-council/2021/november/city-council-2/

For details search ZOA21-00004 at https://permits.cityofboise.org/

I tried to read the documents at the city site. There is a lot, and I could find no concise summary. The changes seem to focus on aesthetics and notification only.  The goal appears to be to make it easier for companies to install new free-standing towers and to attach equipment to existing structures (street lamps, traffic signals). But please do not take my word on it, if you are concerned read the proposal and attend the meeting.

Annexation of 8373 Victory (adjacent to Murgoitio Park)

The Boise city council will hold a hearing on the matter October 5, 2021, 6:00pm.

Search cpa21-00002 and car21-0020 at https://permits.cityofboise.org/ for details.

How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/city-council/2021/october/city-council/ (in person, zoom, or youtube)

You may recall that originally these applications also contained the annexation and sale (for high density housing development) of Murgoitio Park. The Murgoitio Park portion was removed last month just before the P&Z meeting. So Murgoitio Park is not on the agenda for this meeting. I suspect that the city will try to curtail any testimony about the park.

Read more “Annexation of 8373 Victory (adjacent to Murgoitio Park)”

Murgoitio Park is still for sale

There has been a lot of enthusiasm on social media after the news came out yesterday that the Murgoitio Park land swap is off. It may be premature to celebrate.

Today at the City Council work sessions, Parks is going to do a presentation on the true value of the land and recommend that the city “surplus” (i.e. sell) the land. Basically they could not push through the sweetheart deal for the developer, so now it appears that they will sell it to the highest bidder.

Read more “Murgoitio Park is still for sale”