The Depot Bench Neighbors got bushwhacked by the Boise Planning Department Friday when the City canceled a public hearing set for July 13.
The MOTHER of ALL GARAGE SALES (MAGS) set for Saturday July 9 was planned to be the opening round in the battle for public support against a proposed apartment/condo complex near the Depot.
Hal Simmons, of the City Planning Department said the meeting was canceled because, “We screwed up and didn’t comply with the appeals ordinance.” The ordinance requires the city to notify EACH PERSON who testified at the original hearing to be notified in writing of the appeal hearing time, date and place. The city failed to follow their own law.
Now the neighbors are really outraged at the city because folks scheduled vacations, purchased airline tickets etc. in August instead of July so they could fight the development at the hearing.
Wanna guess when the city would like to hold the hearing? August of course, when everyone will be out of town. Neighbors are asking to put off the confrontation until September or at least the end of August and it sounds like the City Council has the wisdom to honor the request of the neighborhood association…both sides are negotiating the exact date.
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