Boise’s Planning & Zoning Commission was not excited about a pitch from the Boise Airport to build an industrial park a few hundred feet from a subdivision on the city’s outskirts.
On Monday, the South Cole Neighborhood Association and residents of Indian Lakes Subdivision made their case for planning commissioners to deny a proposal to rezone and develop 153 acres of airport land into an industrial park. The proposal, from Boise-based Adler Industrial, could include up to 31 buildings in a two-part industrial park.
The project would span a wide area near the Airport. It would include a scattering of smaller sites near Victory Road and Maverick Lane, but it would cover a larger area east of the Indian Lakes Subdivision’s Umatilla Drive and south of Gowen Road. For months, residents of Indian Lakes and others have spoken out against the project. They are particularly concerned about the Airport’s proposal to rezone a 77-acre parcel of land directly behind their homes from A2, permanent open space, to a light industrial designation.
This proposed rezone of the A2 area is the part of the Airport’s proposal the Planning & Zoning Commissioners had the most problems with. After hours of testimony, they voted 4-2 to only approve a rezone of the majority of the parcels located further from the homes currently designated A1 for open lands and parks. They opted to turn down the proposal to rezone the A2 area, which is located on top of a ridge away from the rest of the project and closest to Indian Lakes.
Planning & Zoning Commission makes recommendations to Boise City Council on rezones. This whole project will go before the council for another round of hearings and a final vote in the coming weeks.
Airport proposed changes, but it was still not enough
This vote has been a long time coming.
The Boise Airport’s pitch to rezone this land first came before the Planning & Zoning Commission in January. However, the lack of a conceptual site plan and more specifics about what could be built on the site lead commissioners to ask for a delay. The project was initially scheduled for another vote in February, but it was delayed a second time until March.
But, even after two months of waiting, Airport officials still said there is no conceptual site plan for the industrial park and it was too early to say exactly how the project would look after it is approved and built out. BoiseDev obtained a copy of Adler Industrial’s response to the city’s request for developers to partner with to build the industrial park earlier this year. But officials say this is only a vague idea of what the site could look like and the project is still in the due diligence phase.