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)

8710 Pleasant Valley Rd Annex and Rezone Deferral

The property is 80 acres on the east side of Pleasant Valley, between Gowen and Hollilynn. The proposal is to annex and rezone the property to light industrial (M1D).

The Boise Planning and Zoning commission was scheduled to hear the matter on April 4, the hearing has been deferred until May 2.

P&Z is recommending denial of the application due to lack of infrastructure. (Extending Lake Hazel to Pleasant Valley for one thing.)

South Cole Neighborhood Association has also filed a letter requesting denial to lack of infrastructure.

Details at

https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/GlobalSearchResults.aspx?QueryText=car21-00042

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 Planning and Zoning commission will hear the matter on March 14 at 6:00PM.

How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2022/march/planning-and-zoning-commission-1/

Details at car21-00037

This item initially came to the P&Z January meeting. After some good questions from South Cole and from a couple of the commissioners, the airport requested and was granted a deferral until February 14 to improve the request.  The airport requested a deferral until March 14.

The development paves over a substantial amount of the rapidly dwindling open space in SW Boise. Large warehouses are planned adjacent, with minimal buffer, to the residential area surrounding the Indian Lakes golf course.

There are many reasons to object to this development. The Boise Open Space Alliance https://www.boiseopenspace.com/ documents the problems much better than I can. Please check out their site.

https://www.facebook.com/events/673429117208776/?ref=newsfeed

!Deferred until April 4! 3750 Maple Grove, 43 new homes

The property is on the west end of Murgoitio Park, adjacent to the church, south west of West Junior High.

The proposal is to annex the property an rezone to R-1C. 43 homes are planned on just under 8 acres.

The application will be heard at the Boise P&Z meeting, March 7, 6:00pm.

How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2022/march/planning-and-zoning-commission/

Project details at car21-00046.

5121 Gowen (Indian Lakes) Rezone hearing deferred(?)

The airport wants to rezone the property east of Indian Lakes from A2 (permanent open space) to M1D (light industrial). The matter was heard at the P&Z January meeting. After some good questions from South Cole and from a couple of the commissioners, the airport requested and was granted a deferral until February 14 to improve the request.

A large number of people were in attendance to testify in opposition to the rezone. Only a couple were allowed to testify, the others were told to come back in February

Last week the airport requested another deferral until March 14. Such deferrals are routinely granted, and so it is unlikely the P&Z will hear citizen testimony at the February meeting.

This should be simple, but I have some concerns.

I came across the deferral request while looking for other information on the city’s documents page.

https://permits.cityofboise.org/CitizenAccess/Cap/GlobalSearchResults.aspx?QueryText=car21-00037

I tried to contact the city, I was promised a response from the planner and was sent to voice mail. I never heard back.

The status is listed as “deferral requested”, not “deferred”. It is still on the agenda for February. I am sure the discussion will go “That has been deferred”, “OK go home and come back next month”.

AFAIK, no effort was made to contact the many people who signed up to testify in February, or the many who sent emails. Apparently the city feels that it is ok to waste another evening of concerned citizens time without allowing testimony.

If you plan on attending Monday’s meeting to testify (or even to just listen), I encourage you to try to contact the city on Monday and get confirmation that the item is deferred. (Perhaps you will have better luck getting a response.)

8710 Pleasant Valley Rd Annex and Rezone

The property is 80 acres on the east side of Pleasant Valley, between Gowen and Hollilynn. The proposal is to annex and rezone the property to light industrial (M1D).

The Boise Planning and Zoning commission will hear the matter on February 7 at 6:00PM.

How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2022/february/planning-and-zoning-commission/

Details at car21-00042

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 Planning and Zoning commission will hear the matter on February 7 at 6:00PM.

How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2022/february/planning-and-zoning-commission/

Details at car21-00038

5121 Gowen (Indian Lakes) Rezone

The Boise Airport wants to rezone 153 acres from A1 and A2 (open space) to M1D (light industrial). The address this project is filed under is misleading. The address is the north east corner of the planned development, there are no homes near that corner. The west side of the rezone abuts homes along Umatilla in the Indian Lakes sub division.

Boise P&Z will hear this item January 10, 6:00pm at city hall. How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2022/january/planning-and-zoning-commission-1/

Find details at

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

The industrial development on the east side of this property, along Orchard St. makes sense, however such development is not compatible with the existing properties on the west side. The Boise Open Space Alliance has formed to oppose this and similar developments. https://www.boiseopenspace.com/

Boise Pathways Master Plan

The Boise planning and zoning commission will have a hearing on December 13 at 6:00pm on whether to adopt the Boise Pathways Master Plan.

How to attend: https://www.cityofboise.org/events/pds/2021/december/planning-and-zoning-commission-1/

For details search CPA21-00005 at https://permits.cityofboise.org/

The good news is that the proposal includes pathways along canals in the South Cole neighborhood.

The bad news is that the proposal contains is no connection from the South Cole area to any point north of the freeway. I have tried crossing the freeway at Cole and Overland and Maple Grove. The sidewalks and bike lanes there are not safe.

This is contrary to the stated goals in the report of a connected network of stress free pathways. Is it too much to ask for a safe bike route to the greenbelt? What is the justification of leaving the south part of the city separated?

The cynic in me is also concerned about things not stated. There is no target completion date, there is no phased build-out plan. Given that they have been working on the greenbelt for 40 years, will this plan take another 40 years? And if so, is the plan to do the extensions close to the existing greenbelt first? Will we be last again?