Growth

Density ‘applied strategically’: Boise backtracks on citywide upzone in new zoning code proposal

Boise’s new zoning code proposal got a major shake-up after the first two rounds of public input.  Planning Director Tim Keane, who was appointed this...

‘Trying to reduce densities’: Star’s mayor pushes for fewer homes per acre in fast-growing town

Like many other cities in the Treasure Valley, Star has seen an influx of residents over the last decade. And even more so since...

You Asked: Why did 17 upscale Boise condos drop in assessed value last year?

Real estate assessments continue to rocket up to record levels around the Treasure Valley, but last year a  group of nearly 20 of Boise’s...

‘A pivotal time’: New Boise PDS director talks growth, zoning code rewrite, and housing

After dust collected in the corner office of Boise’s planning department for nearly a year, Mayor Lauren McLean has found a new leader to...

Meridian moves forward with new downtown apartments and more, despite concerns about public space

The Meridian City Council voted in favor of moving forward on a mixed-use project. Last year BoiseDev reported that the Meridian Development Corporation, or...

Eight percent: New growth estimates show Treasure Valley saw big increase in last two years

When Community Planning Association of SW Idaho (known as COMPASS) Principal Planner Carl Miller moved to the Treasure Valley, people would complain about the...

The Treasure Valley is again one of the fastest-growing areas in the US. Coeur d’Alene is growing even faster

While big metro areas and the vast majority of counties in the United States had more deaths than births in 2021, Idaho’s growth continues...

Indian Creek and beyond: Caldwell leaders study how and where to grow

Last month, the city of Caldwell received a call from Astoria, Oregon. City staff there wanted to know how to replicate the success of Caldwell’s...

Hidden Springs fire station to be staffed starting in June

Twenty years later, a foothills housing development will have a staffed fire station.  Starting in June, a long-dormant fire station in the unincorporated Ada County...

Go denser: Boise City Council asks for more urban vision in zoning code rewrite

Boise officials are steering toward denser neighborhoods in the next phase of the city's growth and worsening affordable housing crunch.  At a work session on...

Family moves into Habitat for Humanity’s 96th Boise-area home

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity just completed its 96th home in the Treasure Valley. Husband and wife Louai Nasri and Walaa Natfaji, along with their...

‘We have to be smart’: With more growth coming, Canyon Co. looks to preserve farmland in draft plan

More than 100,000 new people could live in Canyon County by 2040, and county urban planners are working on where to put them.  Since 2019,...

McLean moves to appoint Atlanta official to lead Boise Planning & Development Services

A new face from the southeast could soon be landing at Boise City Hall. According to two sources familiar with the appointment, Boise Mayor...

Overcrowding is a concern at West Ada with ‘steady growth’ in the district

Overcrowding continues to be an issue at schools in the West Ada District. District spokeswoman Char Jackson says for the past five years, the district...

Meridian Mayor Simison talks growth and all things that come with it

Meridian Mayor Robert Simison believes the key to a more vibrant downtown area is taller buildings. He spoke with us at length for the BoiseDev...