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Murgoitio family applies to annex land into Boise for 1000s of homes. But it’s not the park site

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The Murgoitio family has applied to annex roughly 380 acres into the City of Boise, according to records filed with the City of Boise.

In March, The Land Group filed for a neighborhood meeting for nine parcels between Cole Rd. and Maple Grove Rd., south of Lake Hazel Rd. The firm represents several groups on the application linked to the Murgoitio family and one controlled by Don Hubble, the owner of Hubble Homes, a large local housing developer.

The project, dubbed Murio Farms, sits on more than a half square mile of land in SW Ada County.

While the Murgoitio name sounds familiar, the property is separate from the Murgoitio Park site roughly two miles to the north. The Murgoitio family sold that property to the City of Boise in the early 1990s – and it is at the center of a current debate over the city’s possible plans for the park site.

The Murio Farms property is primarily used as farmland and a working dairy currently, with the exception of a few homes. It sits on the edge of Boise’s Area of Impact, about four miles south of Interstate 84.

Murio Farms is adjacent to Locale – also known as Syringa Valley – a large planned community across Cole and the New York Canal.

As many as 3,400 homes

BoiseDev viewed a presentation for Murio Farms that calls for nine homes per acre – or as many as 3,400 housing units across the property.

“For almost a century, the Murgoitio Family has been farming in southwest Boise, contributing to the Boise community and being steward of the land,” the proposal notes on its cover page. The proposal says they hope to “create a planned community that celebrates the agricultural heritage of the site, the regional landscape, the pioneering spirit of their Basque heritage within the framework of Boise’s comprehensive plan.”

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The presentation shows a possible new West Ada elementary school, community park, a town center commercial area, paths, wildlife areas, and more. It shows a variety of housing types, including traditional single-family, patio, alley-loaded, townhome, and apartments.

The Murgoitio site is in the City of Boise’s Southwest Planning Area, part of the Blueprint Boise comprehensive plan. The land use planning map adopted by the city calls for compact housing use across the site.

Specific plan, planned

Last week, the city took in information for annexation/rezone and a zoning ordinance amendment for the Murio Farms project. The city has not yet uploaded records related to those applications to its online site.

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The zoning ordinance amendment indicates Murio Farms might ask for a specific plan – a mechanism that allows for a long-term development plan for the property. Specific plans are currently in use for Boise’s Harris Ranch, Barber Valley, and Locale projects.

Hubble Homes is one of the area’s largest homebuilders and has constructed scores of communities. It currently has homes available in 18 communities in the Treasure Valley.

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Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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