When the Boise City Council was asked to weigh in on a proposed private airstrip in the Boise Foothills they had some choice words: dangerous, disruptive, even audacious.
Little did they know that the man, identified only as an Alaska resident, had already been landing his Piper "Supercub" in the Foothills.
"We can confirm that the man contacted the Ada County Development Services Department and said he had been using the property for a landing strip," said Kate McGwire, Ada County public information officer. "We informed him that he would need to apply for a permit and once he was told that he had to get that permit, he stopped using the land as an airstrip."
When asked about the airstrip, proposed on land about a quarter of a mile east of N. Alto Via Court and Table Rock Road, officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said they had "primary concerns of disturbance" to wintering elk and deer, adding, "the presence of wildlife on the airstrip would make it unusable." The Boise Fire and Parks and Recreation departments also recommended denial.
The Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission will have the final say in the matter.
"It all comes down to Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.," said McGwire. "That's when we'll have a public hearing on the proposal and the P and Z Commission should then decide on the issue."