City OKs rezoning of BSU properties

sberg@idahostatesman.comAugust 22, 2013 

It’s hard to say when Boise State University will start developing 41 freshly rezoned parcels, together totaling 21 acres.

Hal Simmons, Boise’s planning director, presented the rezoning proposal, telling the Boise City Council he expects development of the properties to unfold over the next decade or so.

University representatives weren’t available Wednesday to explain the expected timeframe or what kind of development is planned.

The bulk of the properties lie just east of Capitol Boulevard on both sides of University Drive. A few lots are farther to the east. BSU has owned the land for years.

Simmons said the rezone is a housekeeping measure that puts the parcels’ zoning in line with the rest of the campus. The new designation allows construction of sports fields, parking garages, academic facilities and other university-related development.

City Councilwoman Elaine Clegg had reservations about the rezone and what it indicates about BSU’s plans. She’s particularly worried that the university has yet to present a new long-term plan for expanding its footprint.

“I do have some heartburn for this slowly eroding neighborhood that nobody seems to be able to tell me what the plan is for,” Clegg said at Tuesday’s council meeting. She was the only council member to vote against the rezoning request.

The university’s existing plan is eight years old.

Sven Berg: 377-6275

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