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City Seeks Input on U of I Property on Boyer

Post Date:02/05/2018 9:10 AM

Sandpoint -- The City of Sandpoint is seeking community input and ideas on the future potential of the 75-acre University of Idaho owned property on Boyer Avenue.  The University of Idaho (U of I) notified the City of Sandpoint of their intent to sell the property in the Fall of 2017 and made a commitment to do so in a way that aligns with the priorities of the community.  To that end, the City, through its Planning and Zoning Commission, embarked on a community engagement/input process in September, 2017.  This process was kicked off with a series of public workshops and hearings that resulted in a subarea update to the City’s comprehensive plan which was adopted by the City Council on December 6, 2017.

Public opinion indicated that the community is generally interested in the following principles:

·       The site should continue to provide some level of recreational opportunity and community facilities;
·       The property should support economic development activities and job growth, particularly at its northern and southern ends and along Boyer Avenue;
·       There is an opportunity here to alleviate the community’s tight housing market through targeted development;
·       Any future use should protect sensitive habitat and shoreline areas and educate the public on their importance; and
·       Development should reflect historic use of the site with respect to education and agriculture.

The Comprehensive Plan Amendment was an important first step, but the City would like further input to inform what the site should look like, how it can best take advantage of open space, and how it should relate to the surrounding streets, neighborhoods and the broader region. 

A public survey is now open and available on the City’s website at www.sandpointidaho.gov/uofi.  This is the first project using the City’s new public engagement tool Open Town Hall.  We encourage our residents and the broader community to register on our site to use this new tool and provide your input on this important project.  Registration will have you signed up for future surveys, including a citizen satisfaction/prioritization survey which will be launched in the next month.

In addition to the survey, two studio open houses will be held on Monday, February 5th (12 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) and Tuesday, February 6th (10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at the former Truby’s Health Mart site at 113 Main Street in Downtown Sandpoint.  The City’s Planning & Zoning Commission will also hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. on February 6th in Sandpoint City Council Chambers.

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