Commission rejects development planned near Shakespeare Festival

Credit: Adam Worthington/ KTVB

Residents gather for a planning and zoning meeting regarding the proposed Barber Mills Estates on Monday evening.

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 12:03 PM

BOISE -- Roughly 60 people testified against the proposed Barber Mill Estates development during Boise's planning and zoning meeting on Monday. The proposal included annexing the land and creating a subdivision.

The city's planning and zoning commission leaders apparently sided with them, ultimately rejecting the proposed development near the Idaho Shakespeare Festival on Warm Springs Avenue. 

Gary Allan represents the Idaho Shakespeare festival. During Monday's meeting, he testified that festival leaders had gathered 6,500 signatures against building so close to their outdoor venue.

That's because the preliminary plan for Barber Mill Estates calls for 43 single-family lots and one commercial lot that would be along East Sawmill Way, which is southwest of Warm Springs Avenue and very close to the Shakespeare Festival grounds.

Cody Riddle is the current planning manager for the City of Boise.

Riddle said the commission's primary concern was noise, with a smaller concern regarding the adjacent Barber Pool environmental area immediately south of the site.

"There was a lot of testimony on noise -- both from the festival on new residents, and from residents on the festival itself," Riddle said.

The developer, Jim Conger, testified that the housing project should go forward.

Conger will have an opportunity to file an appeal to the city planning and zoning commission, according to Boise Mayor's Spokesman Adam Park.

The appeal deadline is October 24.

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