Boise & Garden City

Here's how to chime in on Boise growth if you couldn't get into the workshops.

Growth in Boise and its surrounding area has become the talk of the town.
Growth in Boise and its surrounding area has become the talk of the town.

The city of Boise is allowing people to log their opinions on growth through a "digital workshop." The online questionnaire, which the city activated Wednesday, asks respondents which changes stemming from growth they like and which ones they don't. It also asks people to name which aspects of Boise life they want preserved. 

The digital workshop, which you can access here, will remain active until 8 p.m. on June 28, according to a city news release. 

The story below was published June 13, 2018, under the headline "Boise growth workshops are a hot ticket. They've expanded. But you still can't get in." 

At first, Boise city officials planned to host up to 200 participants in two workshops for the public to discuss growth. Now the city has added a third workshop and boosted participation to 400.

And still, the events are all full. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the city had a waiting list of 21 people, spokesman Mike Journee said.

Boise increased the events' capacity and added the extra workshop after the first two workshops were booked full last week within 24 hours of opening for registration, Journee said Wednesday.

The first two workshops will have 155 participants each, instead of the originally planned 100. The third event, with a capacity of 100, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the Lookout Room on the top floor of Boise State University's Student Union Building, 1910 W. University Drive.

The city doesn't have any plans for additional workshops, Journee said.

The story below was published June 7, 2018, under the headline "Update: Boise's growth workshops are booked, but you still might have a chance to go."

Apparently, a lot of Boiseans are concerned about growth. The city of Boise's scheduled workshops on the topic were booked full within 24 hours of registration opening, city spokesman Mike Journee said Thursday.

In response, the city is considering whether to allow more people to attend the events planned for June 20 and 26 or to hold more events, Journee said. Additionally, he said, some people signed up for both workshops, which will cover the same ground. The city is asking those people to withdraw from one of the sessions, he said.

The city hopes to announce ways to accommodate more participants within a few days, he said.

The story below was published June 5, 2018, under the headline "Exasperated by traffic or home prices? Boise officials seek your views on growth."

Are you dismayed by new developments in and around Boise? Frustrated by rush-hour traffic? Excluded by skyrocketing home prices? Or grateful for the jobs and amenities that growth brings?

The city of Boise says it wants the public's input on the hottest topic in town: growth.

Mayor David Bieter and the City Council have scheduled two public workshops this month to hear residents' opinions on the benefits and problems that growth brings and their priorities for managing it.

Residents' feedback will be gathered in a roundtable format to help the city "define a path forward that continues to protect those things that make Boise so special," according to a news release.

The first workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at the St. Alphonsus McCleary Auditorium, 999 N. Curtis Road. The second workshop is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at the Boise State University Alumni and Friends Center, 1173 W. University Drive.

People must register online to participate. Space for each event is limited to about 100 seats. Participants will be randomly assigned to tables that are hosted by people who will focus conversations on growth themes.

Talk of and fears about growth in the Treasure Valley have reached a crescendo over the past year, with Boise's metropolitan area being named the fastest growing large metro area in the country and median single-family home price this year topping $300,000 for the first time in history.

Sven Berg: 208-377-6275, @SvenBerg51

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