Appointed Body Review and Decision: Type 3 Applications

Single Story Drug Store in MX-3 (Allowed Use - Alternative Form)

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Type 3 applications are heard and decided by an appointed body in a public hearing. Typically, these projects are decided in a public hearing because they require extensive review by staff, appointed bodies, and the public to ensure that the project contributes to the city's goals. They may also require a public hearing under the Local Land Use Planning Act (LLUPA).

EXAMPLE: A Developer wants to build a 1-story, suburban style drugstore (without a drive-through) on an MX-3 (Mixed Use Active) corridor.

WHY TYPE 3: Retail is an allowed use in MX-3, but the suburban style of the project does not support the desired outcome of growing our best-in-class transit along the city's active mixed use corridors. However, the project might support desired outcomes in other ways. Rather than requiring all development to meet one specific form to ensure our process results in excellent projects, Allowed Use - Alternative Form projects are decided by the Planning and Zoning Commission where they can be reviewed and discussed in a public hearing.

Type 3 Process for Allowed Use - Alternative Form

Timeline starting with concept review meeting (25%), then a neighborhood meeting, next a mid-process review meeting with staff, then an interdepartmental review (50%), then an application is submitted (100%), next a staff report is conducted and finally a decision is made by the planning and zoning commission.

Type 3 Process for Major Design Review

Timeline starting with Concept Review Meeting (25%), then a neighborhood meeting, then mid-process review meeting with staff, then interdepartmental review (50%), then an application is submitted, then a staff report is conducted, and lastly decision: Design Review Commission.

Public Involvement

  • Project visible on Community Development Tracker
  • Neighborhood meeting
  • Transmittal (agencies, neighborhood association) and mailed notice when application is submitted
  • Public hearing
  • Appeal to Boise City Council

More examples of applications that follow this process and their approval hearing body:

  • Variance (Hearing Examiner)
  • Conditional Use Permit (Planning and Zoning Commission)
  • Certificate of Appropriateness (Historic Preservation Commission)

Old Process

Timeline of process starting with Applicant has a concept (0-100%), then they submit an application, then a staff report is conducted and finally, a decision is made.

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