Ambassadors toured parts of Barber Valley, Harris Ranch and Bown Crossing where they learned how the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning code work together to create walkable, connected communities that carefully balance the built environment with respect to the natural environment.
The Barber Valley Planning Area encompasses 1,705 acres southeast of Downtown and is home to two planned communities, Harris Ranch and Barber Valley, that will include an additional 3,300 dwelling units at buildout. From Highway 21, this area is the eastern gateway into the City of Boise. Multiple wildlife corridors and the Boise River run through this area, which has a rich history. The area was formerly home to the town of “Barberton,” later shortened to “Barber” in 1909 by the post office, a company mill town developed in conjunction with the Barber Lumber Company.