Comment on East Boise subdivision goes long into Monday night

The Idaho StatesmanSeptember 16, 2013 

Update: The Planning and Zoning Commission denied the proposed Barber Mills Estates development late Monday night. Click here for the latest story.

Dozens of people testified Monday night against the proposed Barber Mill Estates development. 

As of late Monday there were still about 100 people at the meeting of the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission, which was considering applications for annexation and permitting of the 43-unit housing development in East Boise. 

A few people spoke in favor of the development, but most warned it would be bad for the neighborhood and, especially, for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, whose amphitheater sits just to the east. Concerns centered on noise that would come from the development. 

Several people said the sounds of residential life would detract from, if not interrupt, performances at the amphitheater. Some predicted that people living in the homes would eventually object to the noise coming from the performances and ask to shut it down.

Developer Jim Conger downplayed concerns about noise. His plans gained the backing of Boise's planning staff members, who recommended approval.

Conger removed four houses from his proposal, replacing them with a 23,000-square-foot storage facility on the development's eastern border, the point closest to the amphitheater.

 

 

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