Proposed Nampa development closes local golf courses

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 17:21:15-04

The Nampa Planning and Zoning Committee decided to move forward with plans to redevelop about 615 acres along I-84 near the Garrity interchange during a public meeting Tuesday.

Centennial Golf Course and Ridgecrest Golf Club will be on their way out if the City of Nampa approves rezoning. The courses will be replaced by dining, hotel, entertainment and business facilities. 
But Centennial golf course isn't your average golf course: the golfers built it.
"They came in and brought tractors and trucks and dirt and pushed the dirt around," golfer Paul Schaffeld said. "These guys came in and made this what it was. Through sweat equity."
Thanks to the hard work of local citizens, Centennial became a reality in 1987.
A special display in the clubhouse has the names of everyone who helped.
Many in favor of keeping the golf courses spoke at Tuesday's public meeting.
Some also cited concerns over growing traffic problems and adding to an already congested interchange if the development plan is approved. 

The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, or COMPASS, has submitted a regional long-range transportation plan to the City of Nampa. 

COMPASS says Nampa will have to consider new plans for interstate access, public transportation, and pedestrian and bike paths if the development is approved.

"I think the most important thing that we saw from the plan is that it's not an overnight plan," Sabrina Minshall, COMPASS director of planning, said. "This is a drawn-out plan, and there isn't a developer who says these are the exact stores going in or this is exactly what's going to happen there. It is a longer plan, [with] long-range development."

COMPASS projects the Idaho Center area development could create 3,400 more jobs than originally forecasted for the area.