Compromise ruled the day at Boise City Council this week.
On Tuesday evening, all six council members voted in favor of the Boise Airport’s proposal to rezone 75 acres of agricultural land near Gowen Road to make way for development into an industrial park. What was missing from the rezoning, however, was an earlier pitch to rezone another 75 acres of land currently zoned for “permanent open space” directly adjacent to the Indian Lakes subdivision.
Neighbors in Indian Lakes started fighting the rezone of the permanent open space parcel as soon as they got wind of the industrial park proposal the Boise Airport aimed to develop with Adler Industrial earlier this year. The Planning & Zoning Commission declined to recommend approval for rezoning the open space parcels, and Mayor Lauren McLean announced a pause on the application. The airport then opted to shrink its proposal and only put the parcels down the hill from Indian Lakes up for a rezone.