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How Boise formed its committee to study revamp of zoning code

As BoiseDev first reported last year, the City of Boise started work on a revamp of its zoning code.  The far-reaching, multi-year project could reshape much of the way the city looks in decades to come.

The city formed an advisory committee last year. 

Daren Fluke, City of Boise’s Comprehensive Planning Manager said his staff helped select the group, choosing a group of fourteen citizens.  

“Our consultants advised that our Citizen’s Advisory Committee not be more than 12 individuals, that the members have some familiarity with zoning in general and/or are users of our existing ordinance, and that the members represent a diverse mixture of community interests and areas of expertise,” Fluke said.

Developers, and others

The group includes a strong concentration of individuals whose economic livelihoods are tied to growth and real estate.  

  • Jessica Aguilar, VP Corporate Real Estate, DL Evans Bank
  • Steve Bradbury, Real Estate Attorney
  • Tim Breuer, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley
  • Clay Carley, Developer, Old Boise LLC
  • Bud Compher, CEO, NeighborWorks Boise
  • Jason Densmer, Principal, The Land Group
  • Doug Fowler, Developer, LeNir LTD. (Harris Ranch)
  • Chase Erkins, Broker, Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate
  • Milt Gillespie, Commissioner, Boise Planning & Zoning
  • Joy Kealey, Owner, Chicago Connection Pizza 
  • Richard Llewellyn, Northwest Boise Neighborhood Association
  • Patrick Spoutz, citizen
  • Nicole Windsor, West Downtown Neighborhood Association
  • Tom Zabala, ZGA Architects
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Fluke said the city did consider opening up the process to applicants, but at the advice of its consultant decided to hand-select the group. He said the nature of the project – working on the technical ordinance, versus the more visionary comprehensive plan, drove them to pick folks who understand zoning code.

“The ordinance… is a technical legal document with very specific statutory requirements and restrictions that require an advisory committee with a certain level of technical familiarity and expertise in land use law and practice,” he said. “Getting this document wrong has the potential of exposing the city and its taxpayers to legal and financial liability. For that reason, we vetted a list of candidates that could provide the requisite knowledge and made invitations based on that.”

Fluke said the advisory committee’s meetings will be open public meetings.

“The public is welcome to come and observe the deliberations of the committee and we will reserve time at the end of each meeting for the public to ask questions or share observations related to the committee work.”

The city also said it will work to include public engagement. That will include community conversations, listening sessions, and other forums as the process rolls out.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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