A significant change was announced Friday afternoon that may provide some daylight in the public debate surrounding the St. Luke's master plan
, which has included the permanent closure of a portion of Jefferson Street to make way for a big change to the medical center's downtown Boise campus.
Initially, the Boise City Council had set Tuesday, April 7 to take public testimony on the plan. Then, in the past week, the Council announced that it would take testimony over two evenings—April 7 and Tuesday, April 14—to accommodate the expected heavy turnout.
On Friday, the city announced that it had removed the issue from both its April 7 and April 14 Council agendas. Instead, the Council has decided to take up the issue—without public testimony—in an afternoon workshop session on April 14.
The city said it will hear and discuss "potential revisions" to St. Luke's applications.
"The revisions ... are designed to address concerns of impacted neighbors and the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission," the city stated in a news release.
Planning and Zoning commissioners voted on Feb. 9
to recommend denial of the master plan because it included the Jefferson Street closure. The Boise City Council has the final say in the matter.
According to the Friday announcement, "The Council also will explore alternative options for addressing connectivity and transportation concerns voiced by residents. Council members will not make a determination on the application at the workshop and no testimony from the general public will be taken. Plans for continued public discussion of the application, including opportunities for public comment, will be announced after the April 14 meeting."