A HISTORY OF THE DRY CREEK RANCH SUBDIVISION
FEBRUARY 2010: Amid controversy, a planned community proposed by Land Baron Investments in September 2006 is approved. The original planned community consisted of approximately 3,500 dwelling units and 650,000 square feet of commercial and office space.
JULY 2016: Boise Hunter Homes applied for an "amendment" to the original 2010 approval.
OCTOBER 6, 2016: Prior to the P&Z public hearing, Dry Creek Ranch planned community matter was tabled to 11/10/16.
NOVEMBER 2016: Ada County released its 2025 Comprehensive Plan.
NOVEMBER 10, 2016: Prior to the P&Z public hearing, the Dry Creek Ranch planned community matter was tabled to 12/15/16.
DECEMBER 15, 2016: At the P&Z public hearing, the P&Z Commission voted to approve the Dry Creek Ranch planned community "amendment." Two commissioners recused themselves, three voted for approval, one voted for denial. Of the three who voted for approval, two of commissioners were new and had not seen the project before that evening.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017: At the Board of County Commissioners' public hearing, many individuals, businesses, and organizations testified in opposition to the development. Five times as many people spoke out against the development than spoke for it. Before the public hearing, Ada County Development Services received nearly 90 emails regarding the development, the majority of which were in opposition the the development. The Board of County Commissioners moved to table their decision to February 21, 2017 at 9 AM.
FEBRUARY 21, 2017: In a meeting that lasted less than 10 minutes from start to finish, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the Dry Creek Ranch planned community "amendment." They offered next to no discussion of their reasoning behind this decision.
MARCH 6, 2017: A group of concerned community members filed a Motion for Reconsideration asking the Board of County Commissioners' to reconsider their approval of the project.
MARCH 21, 2017: In a meeting that lasted less than one minute, the BOCC voted to deny the request for reconsideration, providing no explanation to the members of the community in attendance.
APRIL 17, 2017: The Dry Creek Valley Coalition submitted a request for mediation to the Board of County Commissioners.
APRIL 27, 2017: The request for mediation was denied by the BOCC.
MAY 15, 2017: The Dry Creek Valley Coalition submitted an initial petition for referendum to the Ada County Clerk.
MAY 19, 2017: Ada County Clerk, Christopher D. Rich, refuses to accept and file the initial petition for referendum, citing an incorrect interpretation of Idaho Code 31-717.
JUNE 2, 2017: The Dry Creek Valley Coalition files a petition for a Writ of Mandate.
JUNE 29, 2017: District Judge Jonathan Medema orders Ada County Clerk Rich to either file the initial petition for referendum OR appear before the court on August 8, 2017 to show cause as to why he has not accepted the petition for filing.
JUNE - JULY, 2017: Boise Hunter Homes files a petition for a Writ of Prohibition, asking the court to prohibit Ada County Clerk Rich from accepting and filing the referendum. The Board of County Commissioners file a Motion to Intervene as a party in the action initiated by the Dry Creek Valley Coalition.
AUGUST 8, 2017: District Judge Jonathan Medema heard arguments from the Dry Creek Valley Coalition, Boise Hunter Homes, and the Board of County Commissioners. During the hearing, Judge Medema consolidated all actions into one case and allowed Boise Hunter Homes to be party to the action. Judge Medema chose to take the issue of whether or not the BOCC would be allowed to intervene under advisement, and will issue his decision and a trial schedule at a later date.
AUGUST 18, 2017: In a written order, Judge Medema allows the BOCC to intervene and become party to the action.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017: A hearing date is scheduled for October 20, 2017 at 9 AM.
OCTOBER 20, 2017: Court hearing held at Ada County Courthouse. District Judge Jonathan Medema chose to take the matter under advisement.
DECEMBER 13, 2017: Judge Medema grants our writ of mandamus and orders Ada County Clerk Christopher D. Rich to immediately file our initial petition for referendum.
DECEMBER 14, 2017: Pursuant to the judge's order, Clerk Rich files our initial petition.
DECEMBER 22, 2017: Ada County prosecutor issues Certificate of Review.
JANUARY 2018: Boise Hunter Homes appeals Judge Medema's decision to the Idaho Supreme Court and asks for a Motion for Reconsideration.
JANUARY 5, 2018: We submit our ballot measure to Ada County.
JANUARY 29, 2018: Ada County Clerk certifies our petition and the referendum begins.
FEBRUARY 13, 2018: In response to our referendum petition, a bill is introduced in the Idaho Legislature that seeks to stop citizens from using the petition process to challenge local land use decisions in the future.
FEBRUARY 20, 2018: House Local Government committee votes to send House Bill 568 to the House floor.
FEBRUARY 26, 2018: House Bill 568 passes the House.
MARCH 7, 2018: Senate Local Government and Taxation committee votes to send House Bill 568 to the Senate floor.
MARCH 8, 2018: Motion for Reconsideration hearing. Judge Medema takes the matter under advisement.
MARCH 15, 2018: House Bill 568 passes the Senate.
MARCH 23, 2018: Governor Otter signs House Bill 568 into law.