Ada commishes approved plans for the SunCor Development planned community off Highway 55 north of Eagle a month ago and now the City of Boise is taking them to court over the decision.
Mayor Dave Bieter has opposed the project from the beginning–now he knows how it feels to be ignored by local government officials! City says they are just asking the court to review the county’s actions to see if it was done properly.
Like it or not, the county probably crossed their “t” and dotted their “i”. This is not unlike the residents of southwest Boise fighting annexation by the city. They don’t like it, but there probably isn’t much the courts can–or would– offer in the way of relief. Judges are reluctant to meddle in governmental decisions unless there is ample cause.
If the city is TRULY concerned about procedures, they should look into the sale of that postage stamp-sized parcel of land for the proposed 17 story skyscraper at 8th and Front Street by the parking garage.
The Greater Boise Auditorium District , G-BAD, sold it to the developer for $350,000. There was no public hearing, no advertisement, and no bidding. They told a mainstreamer it was done with the advice of their attorney.
The GUARDIAN thinks the attorney focused on the DEAL and ignored the fact his client is a GOVERNMENT and not a business…subject to different rules. We think G-BAD has to follow the public property disposal laws like any other government in Idaho and they didn’t.
The GUARDIAN has raised the issue with attorneys at Boise City and Ada County. We will keep you posted.
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