Ada County Highway District wants to work out the transportation aspect of the Highlands Cove project before approving it and sending it on to the city of Boise for permits.
Dozens of people testified on Dave Yorgason’s and Chris Conner Construction’s project before the highway district's commission June 24. Many of them predicted traffic problems such as speeding, blind corners and sight obstructions if the project, which would add 60 homes on 54 acres in the neighborhood surrounding the Crane Creek golf course, is approved.
Most of the new homes would be placed in a loop around the north side and east sides of the golf course. The ones on the north side would be located between the golf course and existing homes, according to documents on file with Boise's Planning and Development Services. To provide access to the new homes, Highland View Drive, located on the south side of the golf course, would be extended eastward. Chardie Road, located north of the golf course, would extend around to the east, Boise planner Leon Letson said.
After a few hours of testimony and discussion at the June 24 hearing, the highway commission sent the project back to staff to work out solutions.
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Boise's Planning and Zoning Commission had been scheduled to consider the project Monday, but the hiccup at the highway district pushed that back a few months, Letson said.
Some neighbors have said the new development violates the spirit of the city's Foothills development law, which lays out standards for building in the Foothills above Boise. According to a note from city planners to the highway district, however, the law does not apply in this case, because it "clearly states that it only applies when annexation and/or a zone change is requested."
Conner and Yorgason are not requesting a zoning change or annexing the land in question.