Idaho House Votes to Push Away City of Boise Rules

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As expected, the Idaho House thumbed its nose to the City of Boise April 3, by voting to bypass the same rules any citizen would need follow before undergoing a construction project in the city.

The House voted 42-26 to override Boise's planning rules.

The state has designs to build a 600-space, $8 million parking garage near the Capitol. But before getting final approval on the matter through the City of Boise Planning and Zoning and Design Review, state officials proceeded to sell bonds to fund the garage. Payment on the bond is scheduled to begin sooner rather than later.

But the Boise City Council, which has the final say in the matter, doesn't meet on the issue until Tuesday, April 19.

"We need a fall-back in case this goes south," said Jeff Youtz, Legislative Services director. "But we feel it's all going to work out fine."

But that still didn't stop lawmakers from passing a measure which would allow the State of Idaho to plow through with its plans, in spite of what City of Boise officials say.

The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

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