Zoning Code Rewrite

What is a Zoning Code?

Updating Boise's Zoning Code

The Boise Zoning Code Rewrite is the City of Boise’s effort to review and update Boise's Zoning Code, also known as the Development Code, to ensure the future design and development of our city enables more walkable, dynamic spaces for everyone.

With this update, we will be exploring tools that create developments that better preserve and enhance community character, integrate with existing neighborhoods and align with the city’s comprehensive plan, Blueprint Boise.

The new zoning code will aim to:

  • Simplify the regulations and development review process
  • Modernize the zones and development standards
  • Incentivize developments that integrate various transportation modes and a mix of uses at targeted growth locations throughout the city
Cover of the Zoning Code Rewrite Module 1 document

Draft Module 1

Zoning Districts & Allowed Uses

The City of Boise is excited to announce the draft Module 1 of the Zoning Code Rewrite is now available for public review. This section of the zoning code outlines what would and would not be allowed within certain zones across the city and proposes the following changes to help better align our zoning code with the city's long-term vision:

  • Condensed and renamed zoning districts, 
  • Allow new housing types within all residential zones,
  • Allow small-scale commercial in some residential zones and
  • Created new zones that allow mixed-use development.

The City of Boise sought community feedback May-June of 2021 on the draft Module 1 of the Zoning Code Rewrite. The results of the public input can be read in the links below. Your input will continue to help the City of Boise refine our upcoming drafts of Module 2, Module 3 and the Full Public Draft to ensure the city grows in a sustainable, efficient and responsible manner that allows us to maintain and enhance our treasured quality of life.


Draft Module 1

Draft Module 1: Outreach Summary Report

Draft Module 1: Outreach addendum

Boise's Current Zoning Concerns

The City of Boise solicited feedback about the city’s current zoning tools and received over 800 responses. Feedback indicated that Boiseans want to see Blueprint Boise implemented in ways that make the tools and procedures for zoning more understandable, predictable and equitable for residents, developers and the community as a whole.

Key recommendations included:

  • Simplified, streamlined code with illustrations
  • Clearly defined land uses
  • High quality design standards for buildings and sites
  • Clarity about the development review process

Survey Summary (PDF)

Diagnostics and Solutions Report

Additionally, feedback from the survey was integrated into the Final Diagnostics and Solutions Report. This report also includes feedback and observations from city staff and consultants about the challenges and opportunities that exist with our current zoning tools.

Final Report

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What is a Zoning Code?

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Citywide Advisory Committee

The committee is made up of 20 Boise residents who represent a dynamic group of community members across cultural backgrounds, genders and technical and personal experiences.

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