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Best Foothills Fiasco 

Staff Pick

Staff Pick

1. When citizens learned a Boise Foothills landowner had plans to build his own private airstrip just north of Table Rock.

2. When it was learned the landowner had already been landing his plane in the foothills without anyone's permission.

3. When the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission gave the OK for the landowner to build his airstrip.

Making matters more heated, a June 30 wildfire was sparked by fireworks in the exact foothills neighborhood where the pilot was planning to build his airstrip, revealing the subdivision didn't have an agreement for firefighting protection, let alone its own fire equipment.

"It's a sham, a total sham," Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan told Boise Weekly at the time.

Doan argued that his firefighters had already saved the homes in the neighborhood from a wildfire in November 2007. But when BFD sent a bill for $15,000 to the homeowners for services rendered, Doan said the neighbors refused to pay.

"[T]hey said, 'No, no and no.' But then they say, 'Help me, help me, help me,'" Doan said.

The city mounted intense opposition to the airstrip, but the ultimate decision would come from Ada County commissioners, since the foothills neighborhood is outside city limits. In a rare move on Aug. 10, two of three commissioners voted to nix the airstrip, thus overruling their own Planning and Zoning Commission.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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