Boise & Garden City

Boise City Council voted to transfer land to Meridian’s area of impact for this development

Developing a project in two jurisdictions can be difficult, developers say, which is why Boise developer Jim Conger asked the Boise City Council to transfer more than four acres from Boise’s area of impact to Meridian’s.

Conger’s s DevCo Real Estate Development firm proposes to build 181 units on 4.2 acres on Jasmine Lane, near the intersection of Ustick and Eagle roads. The project would be partially in Boise’s area of impact and partially in Meridian’s, meaning each part of the project would have to meet different city standards and use different city utilities.

Ninety-six units would be in apartments on the Boise side, while 85 would be single-family homes in Meridian’s area of impact.

Developers want the project to be wholly in Meridian, which would make it “easier and less costly ... to be developed,” according to documents submitted to the city of Boise.

Building in Boise would require boring under Eagle Road and using a lift station to move sewage, which Boise’s Public Works Department did not recommend, citing maintenance and operational costs. While it would be possible to leave the parcel in Boise and hook it up the various utilities, it would require an agreement from the property owner to the east of the project.

The project would have similar zoning if fully in Meridian, Boise city officials said, but Boise would not get the $100,000 in estimated tax revenue from the development.

The Delano project was compared to a nearby project for a Fast Eddy’s convenience store that saw a similar de-annexation and transfer to Meridian. That transfer was slightly different, as it allowed a commercial property to exist all in one jurisdiction, rather than a residential project that could be developed separately, “albeit somewhat less conveniently for the developer,” Tom Laws, associate comprehensive planner for Boise, wrote in a memo to Mayor David Bieter and the City Council.

After hearing from neighbors of the project, the council debated connectivity issues and how traffic would change with the extra homes in the area. Ultimately, the council voted 4-1 to approve an amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan, Blueprint Boise, to transfer the land and to recommend that Meridian look into another connection for local traffic to Eagle Road.

Holli Woodings was the sole dissenting vote.

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