The Idaho Attorney General’s office has issued a statement backing up the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) argument that Boise City councilors have no authority over ACHD decisions.
At issue is the widening of Ustick Road from three lanes to five. ACHD says it is necessary due to traffic volumes and general growth of subdivisions in West Boise and Meridian. Residents and city say it is not needed and they want it to remain a “country lane.”
A local land use attorney agrees that highways districts have sole authority over roads in their jurisdiction. Boise cites their “comprehensive plan” as authority to keep the road small, but all legal authority seems to say the plan is just that–a guide which has no real authority.
An ACHD spokesman called the city a bully and city councilors were just as critical, but more cryptic toward the ACHD.
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