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. 

 


Growth and development in Ada County should be balanced and integrated with the protection and management of natural resources.
— Ada County's 2007 Comprehensive Plan
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