Boise & Garden City

Boise P&Z denies Ben's Crow Inn project — sort of

Two Boise Planning and Zoning commissioners voted Monday night to approve, and two voted to deny annexation of developer Jim Conger’s plan to build 24 homes on 4.2 acres where Ben’s Crow Inn is located south of East Warm Springs Avenue.

The tied vote has the same effect as a denial, city planner Susan Riggs said Tuesday. Commissioners wanted to approve the subdivision plan and preliminary plat for Conger’s development, but they can’t legally do that without annexation and subsequent zoning of the property in question, Riggs said.

People who spoke at Monday’s three-hour meeting, many of whom identified themselves as residents of the Barber Valley Neighborhood, said they’d like to see the property continue to have a commercial use. Ben’s Crow Inn owners Ben and Connie Hamilton want to retire, though, and they couldn’t find a buyer to keep the restaurant open or operate some other commercial entity.

Other commenters want the city to require direct access to the Boise River Greenbelt. Some complained about the design of the proposed homes.

Commissioners are scheduled to bring up the project again at a May 2 meeting, when they’ll deny the permit and plat and state reasons for the denial.

The City Council will have final say, likely at a public hearing sometime in the next four to six weeks.