The City of Boise is actively working on creating a city for everyone. To make sure the future design and development of our city offers housing options for all who choose to call Boise home, the outdated zoning ordinance needs to be updated to ensure walkable, dynamic spaces throughout the city, and preserve the things we love most about our community.
Resident input and collaboration are key to creating a city that serves current and future Boiseans. We are grateful to those who have participated in virtual and in-person events to provide feedback on early drafts of the proposed zoning code. In the winter months, community members across the city came together to share their recommendations. Based on what we heard, city staff made substantial changes. A full outreach summary report, including survey results, is available here.
The city will release a new draft with updates on July 12, following a Boise City Council work session. The revisions made are based on resounding themes from the community, including:
- Creating a city with a variety of great neighborhoods.
- Directing development where there is planned public investment.
- Developing a strategy to produce affordable and sustainable housing.
- Targeting development to maintain parks and open space.
“The feedback we have received from Boise residents has helped shape the updates the community will see in the new draft. We are shifting from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that recognizes the unique physical characteristics of Boise and promotes diverse neighborhoods. This is a rare opportunity to create development standards that help us achieve a city for everyone,” said Tim Keane, Planning and Development Services Director.
The city will host three open houses to meet with residents and discuss the updates. Each open house will begin with a short presentation from city staff, followed by Q&A, and an opportunity to speak directly with staff on different aspects of the draft. Residents are encouraged to attend. and can RSVP here.
July 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Library! at Hillcrest
July 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Main Library
July 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Quail Hollow Golf Course Club House