Together with the community, the City of Boise is developing a modern zoning code to make sure the future design and development of our city protects the character we love and creates more walkable, dynamic spaces for everyone. A modern zoning code will encourage a variety of housing types so Boiseans can find homes that fit their needs and their budget, protect our parks open spaces and pave the way for more pathways and transportation options so Boiseans can choose to walk, bike, bus or drive to the places they need to go.
A Modern Zoning Code
Updating the Development Code to Shape Boise's Future
Creating a City for Everyone
Boise is at a time of growth and change, and while change can often cause us to worry, it is also an incredible opportunity to come together, to be deliberate and intentional about how we grow so we can protect the things we love. When Boiseans come together, we do great things – protect our foothills and open spaces, care for one another in times of need, support local businesses and homegrown innovation, and provide vibrant, safe, unique neighborhoods where folks live, work and play.
A modern code will protect the character of our unique neighborhoods and create opportunities for small businesses, pathways and homes at Boise prices across our city.
A modern code encourages building homes along transportation corridors so Boiseans can choose how they move around our city whether by foot, bike, bus or car.
A modern code makes more housing types possible, so our kids can return home to start their lives in the place they grew up, our aging parents can downsize and stay close to friends and family and our workforce can find housing at Boise prices.
How We Got Here
Creating a Modern Zoning Code
The process was broken into three phases (modules), with community outreach at the center of each phase. We explored tools to create developments that better preserve and enhance community character, integrate with existing neighborhoods and support our city’s long-term vision and goals.
Citywide Advisory Committee
A Citywide Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of diverse community members worked hand in hand with the city to create a modern code that reflects Boise’s values.
Over the last three years, we’ve asked residents how they envision Boise's future, what they value about our community and what they want more, or less, of. We listened to feedback at community conversations, open houses, through surveys and stakeholder meetings, and one-on-one conversations with our most underrepresented community members.
Time and time again, we heard our residents talk about their values: making sure new growth and development is sustainable, water conscious and protects our open spaces. We heard residents talk about struggles with housing affordability and that people want to be able to walk to a local coffee shop or neighborhood market and choose how they move about our city, whether it’s walking, biking, riding the bus or driving. With your help, these values are the core of our updated zoning code.
Final Plan + Public Hearings
Planning and Development Services (PDS) has submitted the zoning code amendment and a comprehensive plan amendment to the Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission will hold public hearings on the final version of the code and new conversion map in late April and make a formal recommendation to the City Council for a final decision.
The Planning and Zoning Commission hearing dates are listed below. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.
Written testimony for the upcoming Planning and Zoning Commission hearings can be provided anytime through April 20th, 2023 at 5:00 pm. In an effort to provide the Planning and Zoning Commission time to review the code and the staff report, the city will be submitting the report to P+Z on March 23, 2023. As such, comments submitted by 5 p.m. on March 22, 2023 will be included within the project report. Comments submitted after 5 p.m. on March 22 through April 20, 2023 at 5 p.m. will be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission but will not be included within the project report. There will also be an opportunity to provide written comments to the City Council as well. In addition to written comments, verbal testimony will also be taken by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council.
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