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McLean names committee to lead rewrite of Boise zoning code

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Boise’s zoning code is getting a revamp over the next several years.

On Thursday, the City of Boise announced the 20 names of residents who will advise it on the first total revamp of the city’s zoning code since the 1960s. The project will be completed by outside consultant Clarion Associates for the next two years. The city said last fall the goal is to reform the code so it is friendlier to mixed-use, density and favors building design overuse as the city’s population continues to boom.

“As we create a City for Everyone, it is important to bring together a group of individuals who represent our diverse community and geographies to build a city we can all be proud of together,” McLean said in a press release. I am humbled by our residents’ willingness to work together on rewriting the city’s zoning code, which hasn’t been updated in over 55 years, in a way that preserves and enhances community character, keeps our neighborhoods people-scaled and people-centered, and serves the needs of our city today and into the future.”

[Deep Dive: Boise to revamp zoning code. What it means and how the city could change]

This committee is a do over from former Mayor Bieter’s advisory committee, which included developers who built projects in city limits but did not live in Boise. McLean said in the release her committee represents a diversity of cultural backgrounds, genders and “technical and personal experiences.” She also said the group is geographically representative of the city’s planning areas.

Committee members

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The members are:

  • Angela Michaels        
  • Hilary Vaughn          
  • Patrick Spoutz           
  • Brad Nielsen 
  • Damon Woods            
  • Byron Folwell            
  • Andrew Erstad           
  • Frances Fujii 
  • Daniel Malarkey         
  • Nicole Windsor        
  • Jessica Aguilar          
  • Shellan Rodriguez
  • Richard Llewellyn        
  • Ian McLaughlin       
  • Roberta D’Amico     
  • Marisa Keith
  • Drew Alexander          
  • Ben Zamzow           
  • Ester Ceja                   
  • Chris VanderStouwe 

The city plans to begin the zoning code rewrite on September 24. Members of the advisory committee will provide recommendations to the project team, elected officials and the general public. They will also review and offer feedback on draft documents and share the perspectives of the group, organization or community they represent, according to the press release.

The city will also receive input from other members of the public through monthly outreach webinars, listening sessions in different parts of Boise and virtual office hours where anyone can meet with a planner. Surveys will also be available.

More information is available here.

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Margaret Carmel
Margaret is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at margaret@boisedev.com or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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