Planned Unit Development

The purpose of the PUD zoning district is to accommodate new and imaginative concepts in urban design and land development to promote and improve the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens in ways consistent with the city’s adopted comprehensive plan. The principal use of this district is to promote innovative design that incorporates public amenities that provide significant benefits to Boise residents and that would not be required under other portions of the zoning code or other adopted city regulations. The PUD zoning district is not intended to allow deviations from the standards and requirements that are not accompanied by significant additional amenities or as a substitute for obtaining Variances pursuant to Section 11- 05-05.3.L. Areas rezoned to the PUD district shall be subject to a Development Plan or Development Agreement that shall be approved by City Council at the same time as the rezoning to PUD.

Each PUD application may request only the following types of adjustments from base zoning district standards:

  • Minimum lot sizes
  • Increased residential development density
  • Increased nonresidential development intensity
  • Reduced or reorganized internal building setbacks and
  • Additional types of housing.

Each PUD application shall include two of the following three elements, to be selected by the applicant, each of which shall include a higher level of performance than otherwise required by the zoning code or other adopted City or governmental regulations, as determined by the Planning Director:

  • Natural Systems - a commitment to permanently protect and manage natural systems and resources on a larger percentage of the project than otherwise required by the code.
  • Housing Affordability - a commitment to deed restrict for a period of at least 20 years or at least 10 percent of residential units to households earning nor more than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) for the Boise area if the dwelling unit(s) is a rental unit or 15 percent of residential units affordable to households earning no more than 120 percent of the Area Median Income if the dwelling unit(s) is a for-sale property.
  • Sustainable Building Design - a commitment that the project will include conformance with sustainable building practices including Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system or the adopted City of Boise Green Building Code.

Other Applicable Code Considerations

  • Minimum Size of Planned Development
  • Mandatory Eligibility Requirements
  • Pedestrian and Non-motorized Travel
  • Parks and Trails
  • Housing Types
  • Ground Floor Activation
  • Building Design
  • Utility Services and Green Infrastucture
  • Identification of Base Districts from Which Flexibility is Requested

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