We got a message from some folks in Eagle who complained about the low cost houses being “Touted in the Daily Paper.” They said the landscaping was nice, but claimed the units on tiny lots didn’t meet city design standards.
A check with Eagle’s planning department indicates the concerns of locals may be well founded. Planner Mike Williamson told the GUARDIAN, “We are of the opinion that what is depicted in the planning design agreement photos is not what exists on site.”
Williamson said Eagle officials will meet Tuesday with the developer, J.D. Simplot, grandson of Jack Simplot,the famous founder the Simplot Companies. Top of the agenda will be compliance with the application design details including roof pitch and other construction and engineering issues.
The buzz on the street in upscale Eagle is not in favor of the development. Some folks say the new “affordable homes” are akin to the “skinny house” issue that raised the ire of some Boise citizens over the past few years. Eagle has a history of favoring large lots with high value houses which make it possible to levy taxes at one of the lowest rates in Idaho.
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