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Avimor takes first steps to annex into Eagle, longer emergency response time discussed

Avimor took its first step formal step toward possible annexation into the City of Eagle.

Avimor is a massive 23,000-acre development with a community center, housing, retail, and open space that will take many years to complete. Avimor sits on land in three counties – Ada, Boise, and Gem. To date, only property in Ada County has been developed, but as BoiseDev reported earlier this spring, developers won approval to start adding homes over the Boise County line.

Representatives appeared before the Eagle City Council for a work session to detail the development part of what the city called a “series of meetings with the Avimor development representatives to provide information to the mayor and city council regarding the potential annexation of the project.”

Avimor representative Jeff Bower says there are already two preliminary plat approvals with Ada County. This means work has begun on things such as roads and the layout of the community. He said as Avimor works on plat approvals, discussions of annexation have started. So Bower asked Eagle City Council to “honor” these plat approvals if annexation begins. 

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“Over the next four months to a year as we move forward with annexation and our existing land use entitlements, we want to make sure that we’re syncing up with Eagle so that what we’re doing now integrates well into the city’s expectations upon annexation,” Bower said during the Eagle council meeting.

He said he hopes if Eagle completes annexation, it will honor the Ada Co. & Boise Co. plats.

“What’s critical to Avimor is the existing preliminary plats that we’ve gotten approved in Ada County and Boise County. So there are two approved preliminary plats in that Ada County area. The sequence in the planning community works very similar to your guys’ sequence here in Eagle.”

Emergency service response times

As reported here in BoiseDev, because of Avimor’s location, which is a long distance away from the city centers of Boise, Meridian, and Eagle, response times from emergency services are significantly slower. Dan Richter of Avimor says that he has met with the Eagle Police Department several times to discuss city impacts of a police substation. Avimor is also working to form a community watch program for nuisances.

The Avimor town center is 8.2 miles from the Eagle Police Dept. station – about a 12 minute drive at normal speeds.

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“If you annex more into the foothills, you’ll have substations for the police,” Richter said. “We’d like to work with that, and work up to your anticipated goal for level of service for the whole city just like much of the city is now. We’ve done a lot of studies on response times. At Avimor we have on-site personnel, we’re not staffing full time, but we have an emergency number for people to call if it’s an HOA issue. We have our community center that’s open most of the time and manned, we have our art of living director that is the guy that’s out there enforcing zoning ordinances.”

Avimor is developing a site for Eagle Fire, as there needs to be a station closer to the subdivision.

“The site is being developed here in the next year,” Richter said. “And once we have it platted, we will then give the Eagle Fire that site.”

Avimor plans to hold several community meetings in Eagle ahead of submitting its application to the city.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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