Can Boise neighbors stop a development? Residents prepare appeal to Idaho Supreme Court

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In August, a judge ruled against Boise’s North West Neighborhood Association as it fought to stop a 286-house subdivision from being built.

Neighbors’ biggest concerns involve how the Prominence subdivision would affect the area’s wildlife, character and access to fire services. The defense argued that the council had violated residents’ rights by not allowing them due process during public hearings.

Fourth District Judge Darla Williamson disagreed. Now, the neighborhood association is preparing to appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. It plans to file through attorney Brian Ertz by the end of the year.

The association has raised more than $11,000 for legal fees so far.

“We’re getting checks from all over the all over Boise, which is great,” Richard Llewellyn, president of the North West Neighborhood Association, told the Idaho Statesman in a phone interview. “We’re getting checks of $50, $500, or even $1,000. I mean, a lot of these people are from different zip codes. And that’s because people understand just how unequal the playing field has been between residents and developers in Boise.”

The project, from Boise developer John A. Laude Sr.’s Trilogy Development, would be located at 8633 N. Bogart Lane off Hill Road Parkway in a neighborhood community known as Old Hill Road. Residents of Boise’s most northwestern corner have been fighting the development of Prominence for more than three years.

In 2018, Planning and Zoning commissioners recommended the City Council deny the subdivision application. They worried fire hazards would worsen as density increased. The City Council approved it anyway.

Early this month, a 200-acre fire burned across the Foothills around Northwest Boise. Llewelyn says it was exactly what he had been fearing.

“It was scary,” Llewelyn said. “I personally (was told I) had no chance to save my property. I was told to just go. And, yes, that does put the whole policy of building before you create the infrastructure into perspective.”

High winds blow a wildfire on above West Hill Road Parkway on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Eagle.
High winds blow a wildfire on above West Hill Road Parkway on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Eagle.

On Friday afternoon, the city announced that the City Council will consider buying 2.08 acres of land on the corner of West State Street and North Bogart Lane for $1.1 million for a new Fire State 13 in Northwest Boise. The goal is to achieve a five minute response time to calls.

Sally Krutzig covers Treasure Valley growth and development. Have a story suggestion or a question? Email Krutzig at skrutzig@idahostatesman.com.

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