Friday, October 12, 2018

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Boise City Council Suspends Typical Rules, Accepts All Public Testimony for Bike Skills Park Hearing

The Boise City Council will suspend typical public testimony rules this Tuesday for a public hearing on an appeal for floodplain and hillside permits for a planned bike skills park in the Military Reserve.

The public hearing is on the agenda for the city council’s regularly scheduled 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Typically, public testimony on such an appeal would be limited to only those who signed up to testify at the previous public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission. However, due to significant public interest in this item, Boise Mayor David Bieter and the city council have elected to accept comments from anyone who would like to attend the meeting and testify.

The new park, which will be paid for by a gift to the city from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, will be located in the basin between Fort Boise Park and Military Reserve. It will feature tracks, rollers and other skills elements for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities to learn and improve their skills. The land where the bike skills park will be constructed currently serves as a dog off-leash area.

At a hearing on July 9, the City of Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission denied an appeal challenging the approval of the floodplain and hillside permits required for the park’s construction. Tuesday’s public hearing will be for an appeal of that decision.

Anyone interested in testifying can sign in on the sheet located outside the Maryanne Jordan Council Chambers before the meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night. Those unable to attend the meeting, can email comments for the public record on this item to


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