UPDATE: Boise Council Rips Proposal for Private Boise Foothills Airstrip North of Table Rock 

click to enlarge The proposed 149-acre site in the Boise Foothills, north of Table Rock, for a single-family residence and private airstrip. - ADA COUNTY
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  • The proposed 149-acre site in the Boise Foothills, north of Table Rock, for a single-family residence and private airstrip.


UPDATE:
April 19, 2016,  6 p.m.

The Boise City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to oppose a proposed private airstrip in the Boise Foothills. 

Criticizing what he called the "audacity" of the proposal, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said he could not support any recommendation of the plan to Ada County Commissioners who will have the final say on the issue since the parcel of land lies just north of Boise city limits. 

"I can't remember a time when we've seen such unanimous opposition to something from all of the departments," said Boise Councilman TJ Thomson, particularly pointing to letters of rejection from the Boise Fire and Parks and Recreation departments in addition to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The issue is expected to come before the Ada County Commission in the coming weeks. 

ORIGINAL POST: April 19, 2016, 8 a.m.

A unique request to build a private airstrip in the Boise Foothills, north of Table Rock, is getting some pushback from the Boise Fire and Boise Parks and Recreation departments, as well as the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. However, the Boise City Council will ultimately be the ones whether to recommend approval or denial of the project to Ada County Commissioners.

The proposed user or users aren't identified in any of the paperwork, but Boise-based Briggs Engineering made the request on behalf of its client, which hopes to purchase approximately 149 acres about a quarter of a mile east of N. Alto Via Court and Table Rock Road.

There, Briggs' client intends to build a residence on the property along with an airstrip and airplane hangar for a single-engine aircraft. Briggs says the majority of its clients flights would take place during the spring and fall months. 

In a series of letters, the Boise Fire Department said it "cannot recommend approval of the application due to its location being outside of any fire district." Meanwhile, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department wouldn't recommend approval due to "inadequate information on noise impacts on recreation users" and "not enough information available to assess flight pattern impacts on downtown, Boise neighborhoods and adjacent open space reserves."

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said it had "primary concerns of disturbance" to wintering elk, deer and sportsmen.

"The presence of wildlife on the airstrip would make it unusable," the agency wrote.

The Boise City Council will vote on its recommendation to Ada County commissioners when it hits the agenda at Tuesday night's meeting, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Boise City Hall.
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