Boise & Garden City

Boise eyes new shooting range on Kuna-Mora Road

Two years ago, the city of Boise ran into stiff resistance when it proposed adding three shooting lanes, a 30-foot shooting tower and a 360-degree range for scenario training to its existing shooting range in the Foothills.

In a long and testy Planning and Zoning Commission Hearing in August 2013, opponents of the city's plan, many of whom lived near the range, worried the upgrades would increase noise from it and decrease public safety in the surrounding hills surrounding. The commission voted 4-2 against the project.

Shortly afterward, the city announced it would reconsider its planned improvements.

Tuesday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an agreement to buy 120 acres of dry and irrigated farm land south of Boise for a new shooting range at 5958 W. Kuna-Mora Road, between Cole and Pleasant Valley roads. If the council approves the agreement, the city will have exclusive rights to the property for four months. During that time, Boise would survey the land, conduct an environmental review and otherwise examine the details and potential obstacles to putting a shooting range there, spokesman Mike Journee said.

“There's still quite a bit to go through before we say, 'Yes, this is the site,” Journee said.

On the surface, though, the property looks like it could work as a new range. It’s remote, close to public land and near private shooting ranges.

The anticipated cost of the land is $550,000, according to a city of Boise memo. The Ada County Assessor’s office valued it at $66,900.

The has yet to decide what it would do with the existing range, or when it would build the new one. Efforts to contact representatives of the Boise Police Department were unsuccessful.