Boise & Garden City

2,000-home Southwest Boise project gets mixed response

A map of the first phase of Syringa Valley, a 2,000-home project developers are planning in Southwest Boise.
A map of the first phase of Syringa Valley, a 2,000-home project developers are planning in Southwest Boise.

The Boise City Council will hold public hearings and have final say on the size and shape of Syringa Valley, a 2,000-home community planned east of South Cole Road.

The developer, Michael Coughlin, has asked the city of Boise for a specific plan, which would outline the expected uses, density and transportation plan for Syringa Valley.

The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday recommended approval of a new zoning designation for the project and a change to the city's comprehensive plan that would allow more density in Syringa Valley than the plan envisions now. But, concerned about traffic, commissioners recommended denial of the first phase of Coughlin's plan to subdivide 101 acres into 453 residential lots and 41 common lots.

Ada County Highway District, which controls public roads throughout the county, proposed allowing the developer to build up to 170 homes in the first phase before building extensions of Lake Hazel Road and Orchard Street through the project.

Planning and Zoning commissioners don't want to see any new homes built without the extensions, city planner Todd Tucker said.

Coughlin hopes to start building homes this year, Tucker said, but that likely will be delayed if he's required to extend the roads before building.

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