The City of Boise will slow down its plans to redevelop Southwest Boise’s Murgoitio park.
On Thursday, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced that the city is moving ahead with an annexation in the area — without the Murgoitio park parcel. She said this is so the city can engage with the public to find a compromise for both housing development on the site and a park for Southwest Boise, which she expects to be completed by the end of the year.
“I believe we can accomplish a variety of goals with the 157-acre Murgoitio parcel,” McLean wrote. “This includes prioritizing housing at affordable rates that is desperately needed for Boise residents and the desire for a park at the site. I have directed staff to take that time needed to create a proposed plan that best serves the residents of the city and to create a proposal for meaningful community engagement.”
Action delayed until February 2022
McLean said the city staff will soon present monthly updates to the Boise City Council on the project’s progress.
This comes after neighbors gathered earlier this week, demanding the city slow down on its move to redevelop the site and build a regional park instead of housing. The city announced last week it had pulled out of a potential land trade with the Harris Family because it wasn’t feasible for taxpayers. This is after BoiseDev’s reporting revealed that the land the city hoped to trade for in the foothills is already marked as open space, and the high dollar sale of the nearby property owned by the Boise School District raised questions about the value of the Murgoitio site.
On August 9th, the Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on annexation and land use map amendment applications for properties nearby the Murgoitio parcel, but not the planned park site itself. All of the correspondence received on the project will be filed for future applications.
The city’s zoning ordinance says the Planning & Zoning Commission can only make recommendations on the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map every six months. If the commission approves the amendment for the school district parcel, the soonest the commission can consider an update for the Murgoitio parcel is February 2022.
Any plans to remove the restrictive covenants and surplus the Murgotio site will not move forward at this time and there is no date for it to be brought up again.
Boise City Council is set to discuss the process moving forward at its August 17th work session.