Letter: NW development

June 6, 2014 

Protect the value of our homes. How would you feel about having someone come into your neighborhood and stealing thousands of dollars of your home equity from you? Homeowners in the Northwest Neighborhood of Boise will lose up to 20 percent of the value of their homes within a 2-mile radius of a proposed development.

The developers are appealing the unanimous decision of the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission denying the proposal. The neighborhood association demonstrated that the proposed development does not comply with multiple city ordinances.

Idaho Code 67-6508 ensures that land use does not "adversely impact property values." If Boise City Hall bows to the political power of Hawkins and Bach Homes and overturns the unanimous decision, it will set a precedent, and property value protection for hardworking Idaho homeowners will be swept away in favor of and for the benefit of developers and landlords.

What happens to the value of our homes can happen to yours. Please support the unanimous denial of Hawkins and Bach Homes' development proposal by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Please let Boise City Hall and our legislators know that Idahoans want and expect them to protect the value of our homes.

Ruth Ellsworth, Boise

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