Southeast neighbors led by Fred Fritchman took a 2×4 to the Boise City Council mule Friday and apparently “got their attention.”
Once they got whacked between the eyes with complaints of three duplex homes sneaked into a tiny space in the middle of the night on Hale St., they called an emergency council meeting and passed an ordinance tightening the reins on design requirements for infill houses. A good move, but long overdue.
Infills are those skinny structures that often as not have cars parked in the front yard or have one unit of a duplex facing an alley. The new ordinance has lots of soft language like “quality materials” and two story buildings will be “discouraged, but might be appropriate sometimes.” It is a temporary measure only, but it seems to the GUARDIAN the council is missing the overall point on this.
WE DO NOT WANT TO BE CRAMMED TOGETHER LIKE SARDINES IN BOISE IDAHO! That is why people are moving away.
Listen to the citizens NOT the planners and developers who are hell bent on packing together as many people per square foot as possible to increase profits.
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