It's not too late to protect Hill Road
We are at a cross roads --a choice between yet another large CBH development in NW Boise, including a three story apartment complex, or a chance to let our vision of a scenic corridor take root along this spur of the Oregon Trail. Which of these choices would truly sustain Boise in the decades to come?

If you only can do one quick thing to help right now, please find a topic or two among the six below most important to you. Click on the corresponding Email Boise button and a short message on that topic should appear in your email client ready to send. Just add your name and address at the bottom and SEND to city planners. Then forward this email to others you think should know.

If you have a little more time, click on the Get Letter button and a longer letter on that topic should appear in your browser. Cut & paste into an email, add your name and address, and either send it in as is, or add your own thoughts, change it up, and make it your own! Make sure to get these comments in by May 8. Address them to lletson@cityofboise.org, and reference PUD19-00012. Sending in letters at this point is important even if you have commented earlier.

If you can take another step this week, please submit a comment about the traffic safety impacts of a 288 unit development on Hill Road to our highway district (ACHD) using this form Contact ACHD by April 19. Reference PUD19-00012. Many people are concerned about the increase in traffic along Hill Road all the way into downtown Boise.

Let's all show up to the hearings to support better growth:

ACHD: Wed 6pm April 24 3775 Adams Street in Garden City

Boise Planning and Zoning: Monday 6pm May 13 Boise City Hall

Boise City Council: TBA
Thank you!
Protect the Scenic Hill Road Corridor
Hill Road is a cherished cycling, walking, and running route for all of Boise, known in our neighborhood for its old rural feel, wildlife, and quiet. Let's keep the context as natural as possible.
More Traffic on Hill Road
Building densely with close to 300 units along the farthest reaches of Hill Road will send more traffic into the North End. Smarter growth would place this kind of development closer to downtown and near planned rapid transit on State Street. Poor planning will lead to pressure to widen scenic Hill Road.
Nature Close to Home
This area represents the last intact foothills to farmland connection remaining in a more natural state in Boise. The ecology of the 2000 acre natural buffer surrounding the landfill is greatly enhanced by this connection. Last winter a herd of elk with 6 bulls sought shelter in these hills. Raptors, songbirds, and deer live here. And toads!
The Landscape of James Castle
This recently annexed edge of Boise still resembles the landscapes that our local artist James Castle represented with his famous sketches. Can we save our connection to history here along the route of an Oregon Trail northern spur?
Keep a Little Farmland in the City
Urban sprawl is quickly consuming farmland and its associated natural areas in Boise and Ada County. Deep fertile soils deposited by thousands of years of river flooding are being paved for housing that may last less than a century. Irrigation laterals, proxies for the river, are being needlessly buried. Let's incorporate small-scale agriculture into the city rather than destroy it.
A Resilient Future
A resilient city incorporates natural green spaces that provide unpolluted areas for groundwater recharge, saves energy by cooling the urban heat island, and provides opportunities for food production. Our long term sustainability is better served by keeping these last spaces with their deep fertile soils and gravity fed irrigation as a buffer against fire and floods.
Remember to Vote this Fall!
Ever think your neighborhood doesn't hold matter as much as some others? It will only if we vote! The image shows a map of voter participation in the 2017 city elections (pale means poor). We can all have a voice if we vote in November 2019!