Boise & Garden City

2,000-home Southwest Boise project hearing set for March 29

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.

Amid growing concern about traffic on South Cole Road and nearby streets, the Boise City Council is preparing to hold a public hearing on a proposed rezone of 600 acres southwest of the Boise Airport.

The March 29 hearing will be the council’s first hard look at Syringa Valley, a mostly residential project expected to be built over the next 20 years. Its developers are asking the city to approve a long-term "specific plan," which would be Boise's third. Harris Ranch, located east of the East End neighborhood, and Barber Valley, located east of Harris Ranch, were the first two.

City Council President Elaine Clegg said traffic is a concern for her whether Syringa Valley becomes a reality or not. She said the number of intersections in the area managed by four-way stops is causing traffic to back up at peak times. She wondered if roundabouts could reduce that congestion, at least in the short term.

Long-term, however, Clegg said extensions of Lake Hazel Road and Orchard Street —anticipated requirements for Syringa Valley's developers — should help traffic in the area flow better.

The March 29 public hearing on the Syringa Valley rezone is set to start at 6 p.m. at Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.

  Comments