In the early days of 2015, the Boise City Council approved a 312-apartment complex near the corner of State Street and Gary Lane that neighbors predicted would add a glut of traffic to streets in the area.
The year ended with a proposal likely to elicit groans from the same crowd. City of Boise records show an application to build 68 homes on 18 acres between Saxton Avenue, Pierce Park Lane and Baron Drive in Northwest Boise. Michael Kaltenecker owns most of the property where the new subdivision would go, according to Ada County Assessor records, but it is unclear who the developer would be.
Ada County Highway District, which controls roads throughout the county, filed a report Wednesday that predicts the project would generate 647 vehicle trips per day. That's on top of what people who live near the Walmart at Gary and State say is already a difficult traffic situation.
The highway district attached 11 site-specific conditions to its approval of the project. They include requiring installation of curbs, gutters and seven-foot-wide attached sidewalks on Pierce Park Lane and Saxton Avenue; widen part of Saxton; put a cul-de-sac on a road to be built on the development's western side; and allow no direct access from homes on to Pierce Park Lane.
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The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission is set to consider the project Jan. 11.