Boise proposes boosting notification of upcoming development projects

The City of Boise wants to add more public notice to upcoming projects – and is asking citizens to have a say in the process.

The series of changes comes after a process spurred by members of Vanishing Boise and other groups. They wrote a letter last year asking for better public information on upcoming developments and land use changes.

A working group of developers, neighborhood leaders, city officials and Vanishing Boise reps met to craft and test updated procedures. Here’s what is proposed:

  • More notice for neighbors: increase the number of days neighbors of a project are given advanced notice of a neighborhood meeting from seven calendar days to ten business days.
  • Expand radius of notification for some projects: The city gives notice to neighbors with properties within 300 feet of upcoming public hearings for certain projects. The proposal would increase that to 500 feet for comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning, subdivisions, conditional use permits, planned unit developments and special exceptions.
    • The city used an example of the recent Valor Point project. In the 300-foot radius, 16 parcels (by our count) received notification. In the 500-foot area, an additional 19 landowners would have been told about the neighborhood meeting – for 35 in all.
Example of widened notification radius. Courtesy City of Boise
  • New site posting requirements: Current guidelines only require an 11-inch by 17-inch sheet of yellow paper to be posted on the site of a project. The new guidelines would update the requirements, and for projects that fall into the new “500 feet radius” bucket, signs would be much larger – four feet by four feet.
  • Updated meeting timeframes: The city proposes to update some of the timeframes around pre-application meetings and neighborhood meetings.

Online comments on the proposals will be accepted through Friday, March 15 at 5pm. The city says planning team staff members are also available to discuss the changes by phone or in person.

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Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
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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