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Highlands neighborhood fretting over Crane Creek housing pitch

The city of Boise's planning department knows about a rough idea for a housing development in the Crane Creek area of the Highlands Neighborhood, current planning manager Cody Riddle said Wednesday. 

City planners held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the project, but the city hasn't received an application for the project, Riddle said. 

As it stands now, developer Chris Conner's plan is for 63 upscale, single-family homes north and east of the Crane Creek golf course, project consultant Dave Yorgason said. But it's early in the process, Yorgason said, so many of its details can change.  

People who attended Tuesday's meeting had mixed responses, Yorgason said. The most common concerns had to do with traffic and disruption of current residents' views, he said. Conner will address those concerns as he fleshes out his plan, Yorgason said.

Conner has no plans to remove  trails already on the property, Yorgason said. One trail might have to be relocated to make room for a road, and Conner plans to provide a trail through the development that is maintained by the homeowners association.

Highlands Neighborhood Association President Matt Cryer said he didn't attend Tuesday night's meeting at Crane Creek Country Club.

"I really don't have anything to say until I actually see what the proposed project is," he said.

Cryer said Conner has scheduled more meetings to take place Thursday, as well as Aug. 5, 7 and, possibly, 12. All meetings will start at 6 p.m. at the country club. He said he'll try to organize an effective neighbor response to Conner's proposal.

"A coherent approach is the best way," he said.

Efforts to contact Conner have been unsuccessful so far.

For more information on the project, email Yorgason at dyorgason@gmail.com.

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