Boise & Garden City

Boise: Not so fast on 430-home project near Micron

The preliminary plat for Rush Valley, a large residential project that developer Jim Conger wants Boise to annex into city limits.
The preliminary plat for Rush Valley, a large residential project that developer Jim Conger wants Boise to annex into city limits.

Boise needs projects like the 430 homes developer Jim Conger wants to build east of Micron Technology’s headquarters, Mayor David Bieter said Tuesday night.

Bieter’s statement was based on simple economics. People who make median wages in Boise can’t afford to buy median-priced houses here because real estate prices have increased so much recently. The only realistic chance to reverse that trend is to increase Boise’s supply of houses, Bieter said.

The City Council mostly seemed to agree with Bieter, though its members voted 5-1 to defer a decision on Conger’s project for up to two months. T.J. Thomson was the only council member who voted to approve Conger’s plan for the Rush Valley project.

Scot Ludwig and other members said they believe they’ll eventually vote to approve Rush Valley, but they want Conger to iron out some concerns, such as fire risk and travel connections into, out of and through the development.

Conger, one of Boise’s busiest residential developers in recent years, wants to build this project on 110 acres near the Sunny Ridge and Painted Ridge subdivisions on the city’s eastern boundary. In addition to homes, Rush Valley could someday include commercial space, depending on market conditions, according to a letter Conger sent to the city in October.

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