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Dec 26, 2006, 5:48 PM
the only bright spot in this is that one of the developments is in the Southeast side instead of the west side, and it's proactively including light rail station(s) as part of the design.

still... i'd rather see more density downtown first.

Ada County receives 2 more proposals for planned communities
By Cynthia Sewell
Idaho Statesman | Edition Date: 12/26/06

Ada County's stack of planned community applications just grew a little taller.
Last week, developers submitted two more applications, bringing the total number of pending applications to six.

Scottsdale, Ariz., developers Bruce Tully and Manhard-Bellatrix are proposing a 2,554-acre, 8,758-home planned community called Orchard Ranch in southeast Ada County between two Union Pacific rail lines — the main line and the Boise spur.

The community will center around a commercial core with a train station that could serve future light rail service to Boise.

The development features four neighborhoods called boroughs: Winston Borough, patterned after Western farmstead ranches of the 1980s; Baldwin Borough, with a Western railroad town theme; Melrose Borough, designed in a neo-traditional block pattern; and Parkland Borough, with large estate lots. Build out will take up to 20 years.

Eagle-based developer Kas-tera Homes is proposing an 883-home, 664-acre development on either side of Idaho 55 near Shadow Valley golf course.

The developer is in the process of purchasing the golf course, which would become a main feature of the development.

The community also would feature a year-round, artificial-snow winter sports park and 500,000 square feet of retail and office space.

The county will review each application to determine if it complies with the county's planned community ordinance, which could take several months.

Once the county determines an application is complete, it will start the public hearing process.

The county charges a developer a special fee, typically more than $100,000, to process a planned community application, which can contain several hundred pages.

The county has approved three planned communities: Hidden Springs in 1997, Avimor in February and The Cliffs, which was approved last week. All three are located in the Foothills.

County staff is still reviewing four planned community applications submitted earlier this year:

• Cartwright Ranch — 620 homes on 680 acres adjacent to Hidden Springs in the Foothills.

• Dry Creek Ranch — 4,300 homes on 1,414 acres on the east side of Idaho 55 at Brookside Lane.

• Mayfield Springs — 2,492 homes on 909 acres along Interstate 84 and the Elmore County line.

• Vista — 2,250 homes on 1,048 acres near Kuna-Mora Road and S. Cole Road. The site borders the Union Pacific main line.

All of these applications are available for public review in the Development Services office on the second floor of the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St. in Downtown Boise.

Dec 26, 2006, 6:19 PM
The community also would feature a year-round, artificial-snow winter sports park and 500,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Wow, Snow. I wonder how that would fly around here.

SLC Projects
Dec 27, 2006, 4:48 AM
Boise has alot of great things going for it. :tup: Does anyone know any thing about the bosie place tower? any updates on that project?

Dec 29, 2006, 8:06 PM
Sweet! And why they are at it, lets just keep all the road to 2 lanes. :tup: