Development

City of Meridian

Meridian is the second-largest city in Idaho and one of the fastest growing in the nation. Mayor Tammy de Weerd joins Idaho Matters to talk about how that community is handling the influx of residents.

DESTINATION CALDWELL

While most municipalities in the Treasure Valley have been experiencing explosive growth, business in Caldwell's downtown corridor has been sluggish. City officials are hoping to turn that trend around with the opening of Indian Creek Plaza, an events center that would host concerts, farmer's markets and other events.

Five foothills homeowners recently won a lawsuit against a number of defendants after the ground beneath their homes slid downhill, pulling apart the structures. With the rapid influx of residents to the Treasure Valley, planners and developers are looking for the safest, most sustainable ways to integrate new development with the region's landscape.

When Development Meets Nature . . . Chobani Helps Parents . . . Taking Care of Communities 

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter joined Idaho Matters to talk about the explosive population growth in the Treasure Valley, responsible and sustainable development and what the future looks like for the City of Trees.

begemot_dn / Flickr

Star, the newest incorporated city in Idaho, is poised for significant growth over the next decade. The city council voted unanimously this week to annex enough land to expand the city by a third.

Atlanta-based developers the Greenstone Group are hoping to build a multi-purpose sports stadium in South Boise to host minor league baseball games and other athletic events. The project has the support of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and some other high-caliber boosters.

By most indices, the Treasure Valley is the fastest growing region in the country, rapidly driving up property values.  But unlike similar booms in Atlanta, Phoenix and Las Vegas, new housing starts are not matching the explosion in population.

Flickr Creative Commons

Some parts of the country have pretty normal street names, like 1st Avenue and Elm Street. Now, the large number of new southern Idaho subdivisions is challenging developers to come up with unique street designations.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

A district judge has ruled in favor the Dry Creek Valley Coalition in the Treasure Valley.


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The City of Boise has begun its formal campaign to build support for a 5,000-seat downtown sports stadium.

City of Boise

Boise city officials have their sights set on 11 acres on the corner of Americana and Shoreline Drive for a 5,000-seat stadium, which would be the new home of the Boise Hawks baseball team. The Hawks currently play at Memorial Stadium in Garden City.


Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman

Ada County commissioners have dashed one man's hopes of having his own airstrip in the city's foothills.

The Idaho Statesman reports the commissioners voted 2-1 on Wednesday to overturn a Planning and Zoning decision that would have allowed Dean Hilde to build the 1,200-foot landing strip on about 150 acres as well as a 3,600-square-foot hangar and shop.

Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman

Update, Thursday, 10:12 a.m.:  The Ada County Commissioners have tabled the issue after hearing three hours of public testimony. According to a press release, 16 people testified in favor of the airstrip and 15 testified against it Wednesday night.

Original post:

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Frank Eld has made saving historic buildings his life’s work; he started after college in 1969. The historian and preservationist founded the Long Valley Preservation Society, a non-profit group that has saved much of the tiny town of Roseberry in Valley County.

If all goes according to plan, Eld will get to watch a house in Boise's Central Addition move from downtown to an empty lot on the East End Tuesday at midnight.

Pages