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City council approves dozens of new homes in ‘Music’ project in SW Boise


Sixty-seven new homes will pop up on the far edge of Southwest Boise, despite opposition from neighbors. 

BoiseDev first told you about the proposal in February.

This week, Boise City Council voted to annex a roughly 20-acre parcel at 10151 Victory Road. It also denied an appeal, that clears the way to rezone the property to allow for 67 single-family homes.

The subdivision, called “Music” after the property owners Mark and Karen Dunkley, who own Dunkley Music, will preserve roughly 200 existing trees and a pond with a walking trail for residents to honor the semi-rural nature of the area. 

Project won’t keep unique houses

The couple will continue to live in their existing home on the far southwestern edge of the lot. Crews will tear down two other unique historic homes on the property. The homes date back to the 1960s and 1970s, with heptagon and octagon shapes. Developer Southpoint, LLC’s lawyer Hethe Clark said twin sisters built the homes out of stone and other uncommon materials by twin sisters.

The combination of the loss of the two homes, small lots, and additional traffic stoked opposition from more than a dozen residents who spoke against the project. Southwest Ada County Alliance Neighborhood Association President Marisa Keith said the project does not fit in with the semi-rural nature of the neighborhood because of its small lots and the traffic will further burden the area. 

She also argued that just because famous Boiseans didn’t own the homes doesn’t mean they should meet the wrecking ball.

“Everyday people should not be forgotten to time,” Keith said. 

During his testimony, Clarke said the homes would be open for the State Historic Preservation Office to photograph and record information for their database, and a historic plaque would be placed near the pond sharing the history of the site. Keith said the owner of the historic homes, the Dunkley’s neighbor, did not show an interest in saving them.

City council discussed the trees on the property at length. Roughly 200 trees will remain on the property’s south edge as a buffer between the subdivision and the existing homes, but crews would remove 352 mature trees, with 297 new trees planted in their place.

Council approves project

Dunkley addressed the council at the end of the public hearing in support of the project, which he called progress. 

“I like Boise better today than back in 1958,” he said. “There’s more opportunity and great things here.”

Ultimately, the council said they understood the neighborhood’s concerns, but ultimately voted to approve the project. City Council President Elaine Clegg admitted Southwest Boise has grown rapidly, services in the area have not kept up with the demand and the Ada County Highway District has made plans to improve transportation access years out of when they are needed due to budgetary constraints. 

“It’s time to work hard in this part of time to provide some of the things that need to come along with growth, particularly the transportation improvements,” she said. 

City Council Member Patrick Bageant voted in support of the project because he could not find error with the Planning & Zoning Commission’s decision, but he acknowledged the project does not meet the goal of preserving the character of the area. 

“When you come and you say, ‘the comprehensive plan says to preserve the semi-rural character and it calls it out as the objective and this doesn’t further that objective’, I want to own that,” he said. “It doesn’t do that. I don’t want you to feel like you said those things and we didn’t listen, because you’re right.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said the historic homes were owned by the Dunkleys, but they are owned by another individual. The story has been changed to reflect this.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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