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Boise Zoning Code Rewrite

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Below is some helpful information including links to find more about the candidates. Note: Some candidates are incumbents who voted to approve the Zoning Code Rewrite. 

Mayor Election

General Race Coverage:

Bieter, Jordan blast McLean in fundraising email for Mike Masterson (

Boise mayoral candidate Mike Masterson unveils comprehensive housing plan | KBOI (

Joseph Evans

Joe Evans drops city council race, pivots to run for mayor (


Mike Masterson (former police chief, very critical of the upzone):

Masterson criticizes McLean over zoning code rewrite outreach after years-long development process (

Mike Masterson | KBOI (

Boise mayoral candidate Mike Masterson secures endorsements from local police and firefighter unions | KBOI (

Lauren McLean (incumbent, supported the upzone)

Mayor McLean's run for a second term focuses on affordable housing, parks, economic development (


Aaron Reis


City Council Election

District 1 City Council Candidates:


Luci Willits (incumbent, voted to approve the Zoning Code Rewrite): 

Willits running for second City Council term in West Boise (

District 2 City Council Candidates:


Grant Burgoyne (Former state senator, critical of the upzone) 

Grant Burgoyne seeks Boise City Council seat (


Jesse Gonzales (Entrepreneur and former smoke jumper)


Colin Nash (voted to approve the Zoning Code Rewrite, incumbent via mayoral appointment):

Nash running to keep appointed Boise City Council seat in November election (


Hillary Smith (Lawyer, critical of the upzone)

Attorney Smith running for Boise City Council District 2 (

District 3 City Council Candidates:


Chris Blanchard (P&Z Commision Member, voted to recommend Zoning Code Rewrite)

P&Z Commissioner Blanchard running for Boise City Council (


Kathy Corless (Former President of the South Cole Neighborhood Association)

Kathy Corless runs for Boise City Council (


Josh Johnston (Vice president at software company Kount, critical of the upzone)

Kount executive Johnston joins crowded field for Boise City Council District 3 (


Theresa Vawter (Idaho Food Bank staffer)

Idaho Foodbank staffer Vawter running for seat on Boise City Council (


District 4 City Council Candidates:


Janet Burke

Janet Burke | City of Boise


Jordan Morales (BSU’s Computer Science Department)

Boise State admin staffer Morales running for Boise City Council (

District 5 City Council Candidates:


Jeremy Gugino (Former Reclaim Idaho Communications Director) 

Jeremy Gugino runs for Boise City Council (


Meredith Stead (incumbent via mayoral appointment)

Meredith Stead appointed to Boise City Council (

District 6 City Council Candidates:


Jimmy Hallyburton (incumbent, voted to approve Zoning Code Rewrite)

More resources for find information about the candidates:


City of Boise website:
Information For Voters | City of Boise


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About US

Reject Boise Upzone opposes the proposed code as currently written.


Reject Boise Upzone supports public planning that protects homeowners, renters, the integrity and stability of our neighborhoods, and Boise’s unique environment and quality of life. We seek a community-led, consensus-driven zoning code that protects neighborhoods while accommodating compatible growth and change. The code should promote true affordable housing and effective anti-displacement programs. New development must not overburden infrastructure. 


We are building a strong, diverse coalition across Boise to promote land-use zoning that benefits all of the city’s residents, not just developers. Reject Boise Upzone is a coalition of several well-known grassroots citizen groups including Boise Working Together, Old Hill Road, Protect Boise Neighborhoods, and Vanishing Boise.

Please watch videos below on how Upzoning is monetizing neighborhoods for redevelopment

Well this one sums it up! Watch the False Promise of UpZoning in Seattle (7 mins)

Extremely well made video of the UpZoning battle in Austin, Texas.

Great video about impacts of UpZoning in Olympia, WA

Steps to know how the proposed Zoning Code may affect you:

  1. Find what proposed zone (i.e. R1-C, R2, etc.) your property will be located in by using this interactive map found at the City of Boise website: Zoning Code Rewrite (

  2. Find what new "allowed uses" will be allowed ("by right") in your neighborhood and that will not require neighborhood engagement. See Table 11-03.1 on page 133 for your zone ("A" means it's an Allowed Use) of the proposed Zoning Code Rewrite:

  3. Find your new minimum lot area of your Proposed Zone (Table 11-04.2, page 202). For instance, the minimum lot area in R1-C is 3,500 square feet (3,500/43,560 = 0.08 acres).  Then go to the Ada County Assessor website (Ada County Assessor) and use the interactive map to see what homes near you could be divided into two or more parcels for re-development. For instance, in the R1-C zone, any lot 7,000 square feet (0.16 acres) or larger could be split into two lots. (Note: email us if you need assistance with this process)

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