Two big players in local development decisions are showing signs of GROWTHOPHOBIA which could be good news for opponents of Dry Creek Ranch and Cartwright Ranch. Dry Creek Ranch is a massive “planned community” (subdivision) of 4,300 homes and townhouses.
This development, which expects a population about the size of Kuna, is slated for prime agricultural land in a foothills valley spanning State Highway 55 eastward nearly to Hidden Springs. Cartwright Ranch is a thinly disguised expansion of Hidden Springs–the planned community that isn’t.
COMPASS (Community Planning Association), in a May 27 letter to Ada County Development Services, cites a litany of traffic problems and flawed projections with these projects including
“…the traffic impact study for Dry Creek indicated the following needs:
• Additional signals on SH 55
• Widening of SH 55 to six (6) lanes south of Brookside Lane
• Grade separated intersections at Floating Feather Road by 2018, Beacon Light Road by 2021 and Brookside by 2024.”
“A recognition or inclusion of the other potential planned community development[s] may cause more traffic from the Dry Creek development to use Dry Creek Road and Seaman’s Gulch Road or Cartwright Road to Collister Road. This change to travel route may trigger a larger effect on Hill Road and other streets in Boise.”
“…the projected volume on SH 55 near Dry Creek Road is 83,700 vehicles per day – this is over 26,000 more vehicles per day [than] on Eagle Road south of Franklin Road; currently the highest traffic volume arterial in Ada County.”
“Currently, no funds have been budgeted for expanding SH 55, SH 55 (State Street) or US 20/26 (Chinden Boulevard).”
In addition, Team Dave at Boise City weighed in with a May 14th letter to the Ada County Commissioners claiming:
“The effect of the proposed developments on increasing congestion on State Street is unresolved.
“If Ada County desires to add a large volume of additional traffic from the Dry Creek Ranch and Cartwright Ranch planned communities to State Street, Boise City requests a full analysis of any changes needed to the State Street Corridor Study, the State Street Alignment Study, and the Valley Regional Transit Regional Operations and Capital Improvement Plan…”
“Since the planned community proposals would use capacity that was planned for other development within cities, how will future development in cities be affected by the loss of roadway capacity? What will be the added delay to commuters from Star and Eagle due to additional congestion on State Street?”
Avimor has already gotten around commitments for an overpass just two miles up Hwy 55. At the rate the GROWTHOPHILES are going it will be stop and go all the way to Horseshoe Bend where you have to crawl through town behind motorhomes.
The Ada County Commissioners have put off a decision on Cartwright Ranch until July 16th in order to give the developers time to resolve some issues. (The development which is a pet project of Frank Martin, himself a former Ada Planning & Zoning Commish.) Dry Creek Ranch is scheduled to go before the Ada County Commissioners on August 27.
There is an election for Ada Commishes in just a little more than four months. Will they make decision on these developments, or wait until after the November election to keep the developers happy and their cash flowing while dodging a controversy the voters might not like?
(Thanks to Joanne Pence, Secretary of DCRNA–http://www.savedrycreek.com–for the above info. The complete letters are available from Ada County Development Services.)
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