Regarding the article on Boise Foothills development: Sprawl development, as that discussed in this article, does a couple of things really well.
1. It creates a car-only community. Even the simplest of errands is car-dependent. That means more pollution (both noise and air) and more consumption in a world of finite resources.
2. It destroys wildlife and native plant habitat outright and degrades and fragments what is left. Little wonder that we are in the midst of a biodiversity conservation crisis.
Alan Gregory, Mountain Home