Storage units in a planned community? Why this applicant could be within the rules

Boise’s Barber Valley is a fast-growing community near Downtown Boise filled with lots of homes on small lots. The area is tightly controlled through a mix of two master plans and homeowners associations.

So how exactly can an applicant ask the City of Boise ask to build storage units just a stone’s throw from houses?

Three letters: NAP.

No, not a nice afternoon sleep session. Not A Part.

The storage units are proposed for a plot of land currently owned by Turnabout LLC and home to Stock Construction Management.  

While two so-called specific plans for the area contain thousands of pages of rules, regulations and concepts for the entire area – they do not apply to the Turnabout property or several other parcels in the area, including the Idaho Shakespeare scenic shop and a few other industrial uses. The small pocket of industrial buildings long predate the efforts by Brighton Corp. and the Harris Family to organize the Barber Valley for development.

The site is currently zoned R/OD which means residential or office with a requirement for design review.  City of Boise zoning standards don’t allow storage facilities in this type of zoning – so it would likely need to undergo a rezoning request.

Another property in Boise’s Barber Valley that isn’t part of the specific plans was initially proposed for a large apartment complex. After fierce neighborhood opposition, developers revamped the concept and plan instead to build single-family homes.

The developer of the proposed self-storage project will hold a neighborhood meeting on the site at 2990 S. Wise Way on Monday, August 27th at 6 p.m.

Site plan
Site of proposed storage unit project, outlined in yellow

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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