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Southwest Boise housing development gets city go-ahead

Marisa Keith, one of the main opponents of the proposed Sabana subdivision, testified Tuesday before the Boise City Council, saying the development would create more traffic and interfere with rural life. Here, she stands at the boundary of her own five acres. The empty swath of green behind her is where 11 townhouses, 11 single-family homes and three duplexes have been planned.
Marisa Keith, one of the main opponents of the proposed Sabana subdivision, testified Tuesday before the Boise City Council, saying the development would create more traffic and interfere with rural life. Here, she stands at the boundary of her own five acres. The empty swath of green behind her is where 11 townhouses, 11 single-family homes and three duplexes have been planned. mlaganga@idahostatesman.com

The Boise City Council has unanimously approved a plan by Meridian’s CBH Homes and Boise’s Trilogy Development to build Sabana Subdivision, a 28-home, 4.8-acre development southwest of the corner of Cloverdale and Victory roads.

At the council’s behest, CBH/Trilogy increased setbacks between 10 single-family homes it plans to build and the surrounding properties. Seven of those homes are on the project’s west side and will have 30-foot — instead of 15-foot — setbacks behind them. Three homes on the south side will have 20-foot setbacks instead of 15-foot setbacks.

Councilwoman Elaine Clegg said Tuesday that the increased setbacks make Sabana more compatible with the surrounding area. Neighbors had opposed the project for months.

Trilogy Development is owned by John A. Laude Sr.

The story below was published Aug. 21, 2018, under the headline, “Boise’s southwest corner still waiting for a decision on this housing development.”

The people who live on Boise’s southwest corner, who’ve fought for months to stop the 28-home Sabana subdivision from being built there, will have to wait at least another week to learn the project’s fate.

The Boise City Council on Tuesday delayed its decision on Sabana until Tuesday, Aug. 28. The council told developer CBH Homes/Trilogy to try to find a way to put at least 30 feet of between the neighboring property lines and back walls of the homes on the project’s south, west and east sides.

Council members split the vote 4-2, with Elaine Clegg, Lauren McLean, Lisa Sanchez and Holli Woodings in favor of the delay. T.J. Thomson and Scot Ludwig favored approval of the project, located southwest of the corner of Cloverdale and Victory roads.

The prevailing members encouraged the developer to involve neighbors who worry the Sabana project is too dense and would disrupt their rural lifestyle and cause traffic and safety problems.

In June, Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission denied a permit for the project. The developers appealed that decision to the City Council.

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