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Old 10-25-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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Plan on moving to the Treasure Valley in the next year or so. Right now I see downtown Boise trying to become a livable city with lofts, apartment buildings and homes in the city. I see the urban suburbs spreading west into Meridian and further west. Eagle and Star seem to be a hot spot. Garden City seems to want to improve their reputation. The bench seems to have lost a step in recent years, but is still nice.

There obviously is no master plan for the valley. I am trying to decide what area to move to that will still be nice in ten years. Anyone have any crystal balls to predict what the valley will look like in a decade?

Thanks much,
H.D.Humeston
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:17 AM
 
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There are master plans in the valley; it's just the plans have only so much teeth to slow down or control growth. Google "COMPASS" and and of the city or county master plans. Boise's is "Blueprint Boise."

The growth is definitely heading west and south. It's definitely sprawling. There are some lip-service density and infill projects, but they are small potatoes. By and large people here don't want big city living; they want safe suburbia - 2 car garage, gated community, back yard type of stuff. And that's fine, but you pay the price with traffic.

Will it still be nice in 10 years? Absolutely. What will it look like in a decade? Just like it is now, but with more cars on the surface streets.

If you want an idea of what it will look like... look at a map. Notice there are only 2 freeways - 84 and I84. Now realize all of the traffic from Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, and Kuna.... how do they get around the area? Surface streets. Now double the population but keep the same infrastructure.
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:34 AM
 
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I would imagine within 10 years the Highway 16 extension will be completed all the way to I-84. That should help ease the north/south traffic pressure on Eagle at least somewhat. Eventually the very long term plan (probably tentative at this point) is to run that extension south to Kuna-Mora road and then east to I-84 east of Boise. I'm sure that second part will be substantially more than 10 years out, though.
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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But don't you agree that they will inevitably need a freeway connector running N/S, and probably something from Eagle to downtown Boise (State St.)... especially if the Western valley continues to grow like it does?

State St. was bumper to bumper 15mph from downtown to past Glenwood today around 7:45 am. Never seen it that bad.
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Old 10-27-2015, 02:28 PM
 
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In 10 years Kuna will stretch all the way to Meridian, maybe not. Maybe Eagle will have a cell phone tower, maybe not. Maybe Boise will have a professional sports team, maybe not. Maybe Vandals will be welcoming californians, maybe not.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:14 AM
 
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In 10 years Kuna will stretch all the way to Meridian, maybe not. Maybe Eagle will have a cell phone tower, maybe not. Maybe Boise will have a professional sports team, maybe not. Maybe Vandals will be welcoming californians, maybe not.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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Plan on moving to the Treasure Valley in the next year or so. Right now I see downtown Boise trying to become a livable city with lofts, apartment buildings and homes in the city. I see the urban suburbs spreading west into Meridian and further west. Eagle and Star seem to be a hot spot. Garden City seems to want to improve their reputation. The bench seems to have lost a step in recent years, but is still nice.

There obviously is no master plan for the valley. I am trying to decide what area to move to that will still be nice in ten years. Anyone have any crystal balls to predict what the valley will look like in a decade?

Thanks much,
H.D.Humeston
Sprawl will likely continue in the path of least resistance. The farmland to the west and northwest will continue to be the cheap answer for most new construction. Downtown, Northend, Bench, and other built-out areas will see infill and redevelopment but not large scale population growth, there's simply not room.

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Old 10-28-2015, 05:21 PM
 
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Sprawl will likely continue in the path of least resistance. The farmland to the west and northwest will continue to be the cheap answer for most new construction. Downtown, Northend, Bench, and other built-out areas will see infill and redevelopment but not large scale population growth, there's simply not room.
Yep, my thoughts exactly.
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Old 10-30-2015, 09:39 AM
 
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There was an article in the Statesman a few years ago that figured the population density and came up with the "center of the treasure valley." Eagle Rd and the interstate were what they called the Center of the Valley at that time. They also stated that in 20 years or so, it would be closer to the Idaho Center in Canyon county based on development.

Everything I have seen since tends to support that theory, so I guess a center/westward expansion is the future of the Treasure Valley.
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:06 PM
 
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There was an article in the Statesman a few years ago that figured the population density and came up with the "center of the treasure valley." Eagle Rd and the interstate were what they called the Center of the Valley at that time. They also stated that in 20 years or so, it would be closer to the Idaho Center in Canyon county based on development.

Everything I have seen since tends to support that theory, so I guess a center/westward expansion is the future of the Treasure Valley.

I live not far from Idaho Center, about a month ago, we noted a few homes boarded up on, and near, the corner of Stamm and Happy Valley Rd.

Several lots have since been graded, and are being prepped for building...200+ apartments going in. Would much have preferred to see homes there, but it is what it is. I believe the same owners/developers of the Regency Apts. in Meridian are developing this.

It's growing!
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