City of Boise Looks West, South to Stretch Its Borders




It's called an "AOI." That would be "Area of Impact." Simply put, an AOI is usually a neighborhood or parcel of land that a municipality has its eye on for potential annexation.

And the AOI that piqued the interest of more than a few city of Boise officials is one called the Ten Mile Creek Planning Area, located southwest of the city's borders just south of Columbia Road and including land between South Cloverdale and South Cole roads. The land is primarily undeveloped and currently includes about 80 homes and approximately 220 residents. But just about everyone agrees that the Ten Mile Creek area is ripe for urban development, especially when one looks at the Treasure Valley's westerly shift in population over the past few decades.

The Ten Mile Creek area is home to both man-made and natural bodies of water—Ten Mile Creek and the New York Canal—and is currently under the jurisdiction of Ada County. About one third of its total acreage is used for agricultural uses and some of the western portions of the Ten Mile Creek area have the Williams Gas Pipeline running across the land.

But there is much work ahead if the city of Boise were to move forward with any effort to annex the Ten Mile area into its limits. And this Tuesday, June 17, the Boise City Council will be briefed by officials from its Finance and Administration and Public Works departments on its strategies.

Key to those discussions will be any annexation's impact to capital improvements to the area, including new sewer infrastructure to some of the older neighborhoods, some of which still depend on septic systems. Other important issues will be impacts to fire and police protection and the city's parks and recreation.

If all goes as planned, the annexation discussion will be dialed up this week, capital planning and impact fees will be discussed later this summer, and the City Council could move forward with annexation by year's end.

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