Boise’s Design Review committee is probably getting just a tad too big for its britches over denying approval of a State of Idaho parking facility near the capitol and it could backfire if the conservative legislature is asked to approve things like local option taxing authority.
There is no legal requirement for the state to subjugate itself to the city. In fact, the state routinely follows its own building code and ignores city requirements–sometimes including local fire codes. As a courtesy, the state seeks approval for planning and zoning variances and land uses in an effort to “fit in” to a community.
We suspect there will be some back room conversations among “higher authorities” when it comes to approving the parking structure. No need to piss off the folks who hold the approval authority of city desires–like local option taxing.
In denying the state’s application, the committee went against city staff, which recommended approval, as long as the state met six conditions. Those conditions included elimination of stalls designated for compact cars, the placement of trees around the outside of the parking garage and outdoor parking lot, and the inclusion of at least 64 bicycle spaces and 13 spaces accessible to disabled drivers or passengers. Too bad Boise Design Review members didn’t have the same view when they allowed the BoDo garage to be built.
Even the staff recommendations are mere suggestions and have no force and effect in law.
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