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‘I don’t ever give up’: Kuna said no to a 2,200 home development. Now it’s trying in Ada Co. instead

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A planned community turned down by Kuna a few years ago could come back to life. 

In August 2020, Kuna City Council narrowly voted to deny an application for Spring Rock Subdivision, a planned community proposed on the eastern edge of Kuna near Falcon Crest Golf Course. The project, proposed by Dave Yorgasen, would have brought 2,200 homes and mixed-use projects to the area. 

The project lay dormant since it was denied, but now Yorgasen is taking a different tactic to build the subdivision. He has put in an application to remove the land where Spring Rock is proposed from Kuna’s area of impact, which means he can file a new application with Ada County and a new board can decide whether to approve it. 

Yorgasen told BoiseDev the project is still “evolving,” and he doesn’t have concrete answers on if the project will have significant changes since it was last reviewed. No application has been submitted to Ada County yet. That won’t come until after the Commissioners decide on whether to remove the project’s 761 acres from Kuna’s area of impact. 

“I don’t ever give up,” Yorgasen said. “We’re still working on it.”

Infrastructure concerns at the heart of no vote 

After a six-month review and lengthy public hearings, Kuna City Council turned down the planned community, citing the costs to taxpayers to build up the infrastructure far from town. 

“The city didn’t think it was appropriate to annex that large of an area with that many homes having already annexed a very large project at Falcon Crest already,” Kuna Planner Jessica Reid told BoiseDev. “We weren’t going to be able to serve it, and it wasn’t the right time for it.”

Kuna City Council had a range of reasons they opted to turn down the project, the Kuna Melba News reported. Two council members were concerned about the impact to the Kuna Fire District, which has had difficulties with staffing and building new stations to keep up with the city’s rapid growth. 

Traffic in the area, which lacks public transit, was also a factor. The Ada County Highway District wrote a letter to the City of Kuna expressing concerns that the district couldn’t afford to keep up with the cost of widening the roads necessary for the traffic Spring Rock would bring to the rural area. 

ACHD approved the project on a 3-2 vote, but only with requirements that the project had to get approvals at certain increments of construction to ensure the highway district wasn’t behind on improving the roads in the area. 

But, even with Yorgasen’s points doing Kuna’s meeting that he would be paying $10 million in impact fees and paying for some road improvements himself to make the project happen, Kuna Mayor Joe Stear cast the tie-breaking vote against the project. 

“This is in our area of city impact, which was adopted for future planning,” Stear said in 2020. “It’s not just a ready-set-go situation,” he said. “I’m just afraid for us to expand residential out that much more would be doing a disservice to the citizens of the city of Kuna.”

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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