Boise Backing Off Proposed Citywide Zoning Changes

Boise was considering allowing up to four units by-right on any residential parcel in the city, but has since rolled back the scale of the proposed zoning changes.

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July 14, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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“Boise’s new zoning code proposal got a major shake-up after the first two rounds of public input,” reports Margaret Carmel for Boise Dev.

According to Carmel, the current proposal takes citywide rezoning off the table, instead focusing zoning changes along specific corridors, “or when developers agree to build with sustainable materials and reserve some units for low-income Boiseans.”

“One of the significant changes this draft makes is scaling back the number of units allowed by right throughout the city,” reports Carmel. “The first draft allowed up to four units on any residential parcel, which is a higher density than the duplexes allowed by right on every parcel right now. It also consolidated the city’s three residential zoning districts down to two.”

New Boise Planning Director Tim Keane, who previously served as  planning director in Atlanta, presented the latest iteration of Boise’s zoning code rewrite, the latest revisions coming after a second round of public input.

“[Keane] said these changes came after listening to feedback from residents in public input sessions who felt the old proposal was a ‘one size fits all’ solution that didn’t embrace the city’s diversity,” according to the article.

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