Boise & Garden City

Boise recommends denial of proposed airstrip near Table Rock

At least four city of Boise departments have doubts about an application to build a private airstrip north of Table Rock Road in the Foothills.

The 1,200-foot runway is proposed along with a home and a hangar/shop building on a 149-acre property.

The Fire Department didn’t like the proposal on East Table Rock Road because the airstrip would have been built outside any fire protection district. Planners didn’t like it because it doesn’t fit Boise’s Foothills Policy Plan, which is part of the city’s comprehensive plan, Planning Division Director Hal Simmons said. Parks and Recreation officials said they don’t have enough information about potential impacts to wildlife in the area. Boise Airport officials said in a letter that “neighbors near the proposed landing strip may be affected by noise and low aircraft traffic patterns.”

On Tuesday, the City Council agreed and unanimously voted to recommend denial of the airstrip application.

Ada County commissioners will have the final say because the location of the proposed airstrip lies just outside Boise boundaries. Because the land is inside the city’s area of impact — a decades-old strip of ground where future annexation is anticipated — the city gives the county recommendations on land-use applications, Simmons said.