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Owners of Plantation hope to revamp Garden City code to make way for changes

The new owner of the Plantation Country Club (which will soon change its name), hopes Garden City will revamp a portion of its code.

Glass Creek, LLC purchased the 120 acre property between State St. and the Boise River in 2018. In the months since, it started to make a series of changes and improvements.

At the time, new owner Will Gustafson told BoiseDev the property would undergo some changes – including reconfiguration of the playing course. The Ada County Highway District will take some right away along State for an upcoming reconfiguration of Pierce Park Ln.

Revamp to specific area plan

Now Glass Creek, and local development agents Bob Taunton and JoAnn Butler, want the City of Garden City to make significant changes to the city’s specific area plan provisions.

Specific plans, which are already in use in Barber Valley and Syringa Valley in Boise and Hidden Springs and Avimor in Ada County, allow developers to put together an overarching plan for a piece of property, detailing design, development, infrastructure and other components of a property.

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“We feel that the proposed amendment will provide Garden City with a new planning tool to promote the master planning of new and redevelopment properties,” Taunton wrote in a letter to Garden City’s Development Services team.

In a presentation to the city’s planning & zoning and design review teams, Taunton and Butler said the proposed changes would adopt “elements of the proven Boise City Specific Plan Ordinance” and change some of the language in the current code.

Garden City also has one specific area plan in place – along 34th St. That project has not moved forward in the months since a public dispute between the two owners behind the project.

The changes will need to win approval of Garden City’s design review, planning and zoning and city council.

Several changes planned

Courtesy Schmidt-Curley Golf Designs

An updated specific plan framework could pave the way for changes at Plantation. In addition to reconfiguration of the course design, Glass Creek published a planning map last summer that showed “future planned development” along State, which would replace the current tenth fairway, and portions of several other holes.

Glass Creek also proposed a new entry lane that would connect to the future realignment of Pierce Park. A group of neighbors also said club owners told them they planned to add three large homesites along the Boise River.

Plantation will also change its name, in an effort to distance itself from racist connotations with the term plantation. The club’s general manager said they planned to rebrand the club anyway, but accelerated it in recent months.

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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