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Neighborhood Party Aug 7 National Nite Out

posted Jul 18, 2018, 9:05 PM by Richard Llewellyn   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 9:06 PM ]

Our neighborhood is having a party during National Night Out at Magnolia Park Tuesday Aug 7. Come visit with your neighbors and meet new ones. We are lining up food trucks (Thai and Tacos), an Idaho Fish and Game education table, fishing poles for the bass stocked at the pond, and live music. Hope to see you there!

Open House to Discuss Bus Service Changes

posted Jun 14, 2018, 7:53 AM by Richard Llewellyn   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 8:12 AM ]

State Street Line (#9) may run every 15 minutes:


Check out this web page for bus route changes and city stats:


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VRT schedules open houses in Boise, Caldwell to discuss proposed ValleyRide bus service changes

 

MERIDAN -- Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is considering changes to its ValleyRide Boise and intercounty bus services and is seeking public comment.

 

Three open houses have been scheduled to provide more information and to collect comment:

The open houses will be held from 3:00-7 p.m.

Detailed information about the proposed service changes is available online at:
https://www.valleyregionaltransit.org/projects-plans/proposed-service-changes/. The webpage also provides information about how to provide comment if unable to attend the open houses.

The proposed service changes are designed to maximize the effectiveness of existing transit resources and connect more people to more places more often.  Any changes to existing ValleyRide bus service would be implemented in late fall 2018.

The deadline for providing public comment is Monday, June 25, 2018.

 

Contact Information:

Mark Carnopis
Community Relations Manager

Valley Regional Transit
700 NE 2nd St.   Ste. 100
Meridian, ID  83642

(P) 208-258-2702
(F) 208-846-8564
(C) 208-860-9811


'Sabana' proposal denied by Planning and Zoning

posted Jun 8, 2018, 7:45 AM by Richard Llewellyn

'Sabana', a WHPacific/CBH/Trilogy proposed subdivision in SW Ada County along Victory Rd, was denied by Planning and Zoning!  It is a similar proposal to 'Prominence' along Hill Road Parkway.  P&Z asked the developers to rework the proposal with a lower density so that it would fit into the nearby farming area.  The developers refused to budge, and now will appeal to City Council.

Ada County Commissioner Debate!

posted May 4, 2018, 9:15 AM by Richard Llewellyn   [ updated May 9, 2018, 7:56 AM ]

Thursday May 10 7pm Riverglen Jr High.

NWNA and the League of Women Voters are hosting this important primary debate for Ada County Commissioners for District 1 and 3. So far, Erik Berg for District #1, and Sharon Ullman and Tom Morgan for District #3, have committed, while Diana Lachiondo (District #1) and Dave Case (District #3) have cited scheduling conflicts. Let's hope they can change their schedules in order to attend this important function for local democracy.
Come with your questions! Our Boise neighborhood, as the gateway to the Ada County Landfill, is directly affected by Ada County decisions. We also have extensive borders with Garden City, Eagle, and Unincorporated County lands, making our relationship with Ada County unusually important. Please attend!



Prominence traffic impact study inadequate

posted May 3, 2018, 8:01 PM by Richard Llewellyn   [ updated May 3, 2018, 9:41 PM ]

GOOD NEWS! ACHD has found the CBH/Trilogy 'Prominence' (or is it 'Problemence') traffic impact study inadequate. There will be no May ACHD hearing!
From ACHD:

"There will not be an ACHD hearing for Prominence Subdivision on May 23rd, as was previously discussed as a “tentative” date. The applicant is continuing to work through the Traffic Impact Study process and at this time we do not have a timeline."

Traffic has clearly increased even since last November as the last pastures in eastern Eagle are converted into housing and Eagle pushes north and west. The expansion at Avimor into a small city, and if @Save the Dry Creek Valley! isn't successful, another 1800 households a few miles to the north, will bring a tsunami of traffic onto Hill Rd. This will be far greater than the 2% increase in traffic assumed by ACHD each year. Already we need new traffic counts during the school year.

It isn't surprising that 'Problemence's' plan to add three new entrances onto Hill Rd Pkwy is raising eyebrows at ACHD. Those of us in the neighborhood watch loaded semi trucks hurl down the Pkwy at 50 mph making almost 50 round trips a day to the landfill from the Meridian Transfer Station ALONE!

NWNA Bird Watching Tour Saturday April 28

posted Apr 16, 2018, 8:52 AM by Richard Llewellyn

Come out for an NWNA sponsored bird watching tour -- our neighborhood is fortunate to provide a home for many species of birds supported by our agriculture and rural landscape.  We will meet at Shadow Hills Elementary Parking lot at 9 am sharp, and drive to a few locations nearby. Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water / snacks and sturdy footwear.

Take the Boise Citizen Survey

posted Apr 16, 2018, 8:51 AM by Richard Llewellyn

Take the Boise citizen survey to let the city know our concerns! The results are used by the city to support their decisions, so let's be sure they accurately reflect our views. 
Direct link to start survey here:
http://boisecitizensurvey.com/

More info here: https://mayor.cityofboise.org/…/city-of-boise-opens-bienni…

Rally Wed April 11 (6pm) at Fire Station #4 and City Town Hall

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:39 AM by Richard Llewellyn   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 7:39 AM ]

Let's hold a RALLY before attending the Boise City Council and Mayor Town Hall Meeting (https://www.livboise.org/liv-stories/2018/city-council-invites-residents-to-public-town-halls/ ).  The city is making an effort to come out from City Hall to the new Fire Station on Ustick.  Let's show up to politely describe our pressing concerns.  Those who sign up will have three minutes to speak, time permitting.  They have now asked that we don't speak about current development proposals, however.  Let's do as they ask, as there is plenty to talk about, and address our more general concerns about the impact of growth on traffic, schools, loss of farmland, quality of life, etc.
For those of us who want to let the city know about their concerns in a more visible way, including specific ongoing development proposals such as 'Prominence' on Hill Road Pkwy, we will hold a friendly rally outside starting at 6pm.  If there isn't enough room within the Fire Station for all those who show up, the rally will provide a way of making a statement regardless.  Come prepared with signs of your choice -- yard signs for No Rezone of Old Hill Road would certainly be appropriate.  NWNA will bring extra.

Shields 'Newport Place' Subdivision proposal deferred again

posted Mar 28, 2018, 9:39 PM by Richard Llewellyn

The Shields Ave 'Newport Place' Subdivision proposal (PUD18-00003) has been deferred again to May 14th.  According to the City of Boise:  This will be the last time we defer this item. We have asked them to provide more open space on site and better connectivity to Shields Ave. We’ve also asked them to find a way to integrate the canal into the development.

ATTEND ACHD HEARING THIS WED MAR 28 6 pm

posted Mar 24, 2018, 10:12 AM by Richard Llewellyn

ATTEND ACHD HEARING THIS WED MAR 28 6 pm TO SUPPORT UPHOLDING POLICY AND ADDRESS SAFETY BEFORE ALLOWING NEW DEVELOPMENT! 
Hearing will include CBH/Trilogy's Sabana proposal in SW Boise/Ada County this Wed 6 pm!  Here's NWNA's plan:

1) Submit a comment to ACHD supporting upholding policy for our roadways and traffic (see below).
2) Attend the hearing!  Decorum is essential.  We are there to politely show support.
3) NWNA leadership will make a brief statement at the hearing, and may ask you to stand to show your support.
4) We suggest that you do not testify at this hearing, unless you have concerns specifically to the Victory Rd / Cloverdale area.

Each big development must go through ACHD (Ada County Highway Department) for approval before going to the city Planning and Zoning.  Earlier this year, our elected ACHD Commissioners decided not to grant CBH/Trilogy a waiver to their existing policy that roads must be able to handle the additional traffic generated by a new development.  This denial of a waiver to policy was unprecedented, and unpopular among developers. We as the public need to show our support of existing policy and the Commissioners that uphold it!  

i) Here is a link to the ACHD Comment form:

(Note -- you may need to copy / paste these website urls into your browser if links do not work.)

The comment form has a Subject box -- one might use “Thank you for upholding ACHD policy for the Sabana Subdivision proposal.”  There is also a Point of Reference box --  use “4585 E. Victory Road”
Finally, there is a Category dropdown -- use Other.

Here is a sample comment:

Dear ACHD Commissioners,

I am writing you today to express my strong support of your recent decision to uphold existing ACHD policy regarding level of service and safety during your consideration of the Sabana subdivision proposal at 4585 E. Victory Road.  ACHD policy exists in order to ensure safe conditions on our roadways, and I have become increasingly concerned with safety as the level of traffic has increased substantially on many roads as our county undergoes unprecedented growth.  There may have been reason to grant policy waivers during the economic crisis--indeed, many exceptions were made to public policy around the nation in order to recover from the Great Recession.  Now, however, maintaining adequate roadways for our safety, as well as our quality of life, should take precedence over all other concerns.  I understand that it may be unpopular to return to policy now that waivers have been granted with some frequency, but it is exactly at this time of rapid growth that upholding policy is essential.  It is also sound fiscal policy to collect funding for necessary road improvements before allowing development to proceed.  If funding is not available, I support delaying approval of developments until that funding can be secured, rather than granting exceptions to policy, which is essentially borrowing from the future.  If delaying approval of developments until roadway improvements can be made is not acceptable to all parties, we must have a frank public discussion about the need for more funding, whether by increasing property taxes on existing residents, or increasing the impact fees paid by developers.  Ada County residents will support our ACHD Commissioners in continuing to make the difficult decision to uphold existing policy for the long term benefit of all.
Sincerely, 
Your name

ii) Here is a link to the Mar 28 Hearing Agenda:

iii) If you want more detailed information, here is a link to ACHD's report for the Sabana proposal:

The hearing is this Wed 6pm sharp (don't be late!) at the ACHD building in Garden City: 3775 Adams St.  You can sign in and mark that you do or do not (suggested unless you have specific concerns about Sabana) want to testify.

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