The Boise City Council unanimously voted to move forward with a plan to annex nearly 600 acres, bordered by Hill and Horseshoe Bend roads, State Street and Gary Lane, into the city limits.
Following a nearly- three hour public hearing where dozens of people urged lawmakers not to go forward with the annexation, the council approved the plan, which could be formal by the end of the year. The soon-to-be annexed land includes approximately 2,000 residents.
Meanwhile, city planners are also looking at another parcel of land, called the Ten Mile Creek Planning Area, southwest of the city's borders,
for another possible annexation. That land is primarily underdeveloped and currently includes only about 80 homes and 220 residents. But almost 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.