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Posted on: January 27, 2022

Subareas Study Consultants Selected

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LDC, Inc. and ECONorthwest have been selected as the consultant team to kick off the City’s Subareas Study project.

The City will be looking at three subareas to determine if new land use designations would facilitate the creation of more and new housing options in the city.  The three subareas are called:

  • North Lake;
  • North Corner; and
  • Central West.


The consultant team will gather information regarding current land uses and the amount of buildable land after considering areas that are undevelopable due to wetlands and other critical areas and easements, such as the Bonneville power line easements.


They will then analyze the development potential of each subarea under a variety of zoning scenarios to understand the effect rezoning to higher densities and mixed use would have.  This will include a market analyses to provide insight on what the demand may or may not be for development beyond traditional single-family.


Finally, they will do a high-level analysis of the costs to the City and the revenues that would be generated if the unincorporated areas in each subarea were annexed.


The consultant team’s work is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the City Council and Planning Commission at a joint work shop on June 7, 2022.  The results of their analyses will also be posted on the Subareas Studies webpage.


A public outreach program will then begin to solicit community members’ ideas and opinions on possible rezones.  The Planning Commission will discuss options and hold a public hearing (likely in early fall 2022) on possible new policies and rezones.  Final decisions will be made by the City Council in November or December 2022.


If you want to be a “Party of Interest” for this project or to comment send your name and email address to Planning Director Glen Pickus to ensure you are kept up-to-date on the project’s progress, process steps, and public meetings.

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