In the early 2000s, Boise enacted the Foothills Plan to control where development should and should not go in the Boise Foothills to ensure our open space and environment are protected.
The city is facing the conclusion of the many trade-offs in the plan, which means the areas slated for development are or will soon be fully developed. As of today, there is potential for approximately 400 additional lots to be developed. We estimate that will occur incrementally over the next 10 to 15 years.
At the 2018 State of the City Address, Mayor David Bieter proposed that we should not annex or rezone property to allow new development in the Foothills. Instead, new development should go to those areas called for under Blueprint Boise. This will require a potential policy change and an amendment to the Foothills Plan, which must be approved by Boise City Council. As a city, we are responsible for protecting one of Boise's most important assets – the foothills. By saying “no” to any additional development, we can ensure that we balance development with the natural environment and maintain the critical wildlife and plant habitats, watershed, riparian environment, agriculture and the abundant recreational opportunities.
The proposal will be considered by the City Council in the coming months as a possible amendment to the Foothills Plan.
Published: September 12, 2018