Ada County Highway District commissioners had a late night last week but sent a bunch of developers home with a mixed bag.
With four significant subdivisions on the calendar, commissioners said yes, maybe later, not so much and yes for now.
Jekers (pronounced "Yakers") Place will put in the first 455 McMansions at Dry Creek Ranch, west of Hidden Springs. That's only one-tenth of the number of homes proposed for the planned mega-development east of Highway 55, which has been approved in concept, said ACHD spokesman Craig Quintana.
Also approved were 154 homes of infill housing on a hill above Collister and Hill roads. The Plano Road subdivision, which argued its case to the highway district for the third time, will be able to build 53 new houses before the developers are forced to pave the access road.
Eyrie Canyon, 106 lots at the dead end of 36th Street, was delayed after the owners realized that ACHD was only giving them space for three lots. 36th Street needs tens of million of dollars in improvements—straightening and widening—before any more houses can go up there, Quintana said.
The final development, Hartley Lane, would put 937 homes west of Eagle, way out in northwest Ada County. It has been put on indefinite hold—a baby step away from the death penalty—Quintana said, pending more traffic studies.
So, of 1,652 houses on the docket, less than half got the green light from the highway district. But before builders head to the lumber yard for those cheap black shingles, they have to get through Ada County commissioners.