Eagle City Council now has one more piece of the puzzle it needs before it will consider annexing a planned community in the foothills into city limits.
Avimor, a planned community rising in the foothills along Highway 55, is envisioned to have up to 10,000 homes at full-build out in the coming decades. For now, it sits at the intersection of unincorporated Ada, Boise and Gem counties, but developers have been discussing annexing the entire project into Eagle city limits since 2019.
Critics say annexing Avimor would add thousands of new residents requiring parks, library services and police patrols to the city’s plate, potentially straining the small city’s resources. But, proponents argue it would allow the city to collect taxes from growth that is set to occur anyway and have some measure of control over development occurring on the fringes of city limits that will impact Eagle regardless.
Short term gains with long term costs
Last year, Eagle commissioned a fiscal impact analysis to find out the cost of annexing the development into the city over thirty years. The report, completed by firm TischlerBise, forecasted that annexing Avimor would be a boon to the city in the short term, but leave a deficit in the outer years as the development builds out.