State of 208: Don Nelson talks traffic and foothills with Mayor Dave Bieter

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jul 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 00:09:51-04

BOISE, Idaho — There are many growth issues that will determine how Boise moves forward.

Last week, Don Nelson spoke with Mayor Dave Bieter about housing and homeless issues.

This week Don talks traffic and preserving the Boise foothills. The Mayor believes we have to create a modern transportation system in the Treasure Valley.

"We want pedestrian friendly streets, we meet every month with all the mayors and county commissioners in the Treasure Valley Partnership. We may disagree on different issues but one thing we have agreement on from Caldwell to Boise and maybe even beyond is a public transportation system, especially on that rail corridor that's already there serving those cities."

When it comes to protecting the Boise Foothills, Mayor Bieter says he's all on board.

"I really believe that we have about four hundred units that are part of it, it's not a hard number but about twenty years ago there was a very involved effort that went into the Boise Foothills plan. It took a better part of four years to do it, developers, neighbors, and conservation folks all got together and mapped out a plan, a plan that served us well. We're coming to the end of that plan and we believe there's no reason to vary extensively from that. When you talk about Boise you talk about the river and the foothills. Those are our God given geographic public goods, and I believe strongly that we need to protect those."

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