Idaho House committee approves end run around Boise planning and zoning laws

Senate Bill 1192 remained on the fast track Tuesday and was approved on an 11-5 vote, clearing the way for a state parking garage the city of Boise says has design problems. Introduced March 22, the bill appears headed to swift approval in the full House. The bill passed the Senate 24-11 last week.

Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz told the House State Affairs Committee  that the likely state won’t need to invoke its trump to build the garage, anticipating a deal with the City Council, which takes up the matter later this month.

On the short end of the 11-5 vote were all three Democrats on the committee, along with two Republicans. The Senate a amended the measure to apply only to the parking garage project at 6th and Washington Streets. The original bill covered  the entire Capitol Mall, setting aside city planning and zoning law.

For more, here’s the account from the Spokesman Review’s Betsy Russell.


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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