Past Project Milestones

Fall 2020: Project Kick-Off

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


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.

Spring 2021

Draft Module 1: Zoning Districts & Allowed Uses

The City of Boise released Module 1 of the Zoning Code Rewrite in spring of 2021. 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.


Cover of the Zoning Code Rewrite Module 1 document

Winter / Spring 2022

Draft Module 2: Design and Development Standards

Module 2 of the Zoning Code Rewrite was released in January of 2022. This section of the zoning code outlines development and design standards for developing properties within the city. The city released the draft Module with several accompanying materials for public review including the How to Read Module 2, an Executive Summary, and the conversation map.

How to Read Module 2

Module 2 Executive Summary

Conversion Map

Conversion Map (PDF)

Module 2 Public Draft (PDF)

Community Engagement

Community outreach for Module 2 took place January 27th - April 9th of 2022. There were two surveys available during that time, a community and a technical survey. Survey results and comments, neighborhood planning area community engagement notes, and a full outreach report of Module 2 are available here:

A collage of images of outdoor Boise, Idaho. Title: Zoning Code Rewrite, Subtitle: Module 2: Design and Development Standards Public Draft October 2021

Summer 2022

Module 1 + 2 Revised

City of Boise staff was in the community listening during Spring of 2021 for Module 1 and Winter of 2022 for Module 2. Based on feedback from the community, the City of Boise has made significant revisions to Modules 1 + 2.

Revised Module 1 + 2 Digital Open House

Community Engagement

On July 11, 2022, Planning and Development Services (PDS) released the revised draft Modules 1 and 2 and began community outreach. In-person events were held at locations throughout the City of Boise to provide convenient engagement opportunities for residents. In addition to three public open houses, the City of Boise also hosted a digital open house for individuals unable to attend the in-person events. The city gathered feedback at each open house as well as collected comments through our email and phone channels. City staff responded to roughly fifty individual phone calls and emails that were about the zoning code rewrite to answer further questions and seek additional understanding.

Outreach Summary Report - Revised Modules 1 + 2


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