Sustainability

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Sustainability

Funds, Plans, and Action

We are committed to develop Dry Creek Ranch in a manner that future generations will be proud of.

Striving to be good stewards of the resources at hand, we decided that instead of merely limiting our footprint on the land, we are going to leave it better than we found it. We know the choices we make as we develop Dry Creek Ranch will have lasting effects for our residents' quality of life and the natural environment.

Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation Fund

Creating Idaho's largest development generated Wildlife Conservation Fund, Dry Creek Ranch will perpetually generate money to be spent on the conservation of Idaho land and wildlife. Revenue will be raised through developer contribution, annual HOA dues, and property transfers. Upon completion of Dry Creek Ranch, the fund will top $3 million dollars and will continue to generate over $200,000 annually. Representatives from Idaho Fish and Game, Ada County, and the Dry Creek Ranch HOA will sit on the governing board, which will allocate these use of the funds in the most relevant, responsible manner.

Water

Water Conservation Plan

Appurtenant to the land, Dry Creek Ranch has prolific water rights and resources which have been used for the last 100 years by its commercial farming operation. Using this same water, we are creating our own self-sustaining private water system, avoiding impact on public water systems. Using the most progressive technology available, we are also creating our own private waste water treatment facility, again avoiding any impact or reliance on public utilities. In contrast to outdated sewer treatment plants, we are implementing the latest technology, to filter wastewater back to drinking water quality, then re-using it back on the land to irrigate landscaping, open space, crop production, and parks.

Infrastructure Improvements

Infrastructure Improvements

As we grow, we are committed to providing more than our share of infrastructure improvement. Along with the host of road improvements we are constructing, we provide impact fees of $6,154 per house to Ada County Highway Department, which is over double the typical ACHD impact fee in Ada County. Some of the road improvements that we are responsible for include acceleration/deceleration lanes on Highway 55, realignment and reconstruction of the currently sub-standard Dry Creek Rd, widening of W. Brookside Lane, and the installation of a traffic signal.

 

Mindful Growth

Development on this land was approved by Ada County in 2010.

When Boise Hunter Homes purchased the property in 2016, the owners felt the approved project was not in line with surrounding community values. They went to work to amend the land entitlements to provide a much more reasonable and responsible plan for the neighborhood.

Dry Creek Ranch plans have received unanimous approval from all relevant agencies, including ACHD, Eagle Fire Department, West Ada School District, and Department of Environmental Quality.

Boise Hunter Homes has worked diligently to reduce the impact of the community and has followed the letter of the law when acquiring their approvals. Owners complied with all of Ada County's requests for plan documents, participated in multiple public hearings, and implemented design changes based on county requirements. Accounting for all impacting factors, the comprehensive plans created, submitted, re-worked and approved include:

  • Land Use Plans
  • Transportation and Mobility Plan
  • Community Services and Utility Plan
  • Open Spaces and Parks and Trails Plan
  • Wildlife Mitigation Plan
  • Phasing Plan
  • Schools Plan
  • Stormwater Management Plan

Previously Approved

Current & Recent Amendment

3,500 Residential Units

1,800 Residential Units (50% reduction)

600,000 SqFt of Commercial Space 85,000 SqFt of Commercial Space (85% reduction)
64,481 Average Daily Trips (ADT) 20,518 ADT (68% reduction)
6,000 SqFt Average Lot Size 16,000 SqFt Average Lot Size
187 Acres of Total Open Space 467 Acres of Total Open Space
Community Centers Community Centers and Equestrian Facilities, Fields, and a Farmers Market
No Trail System An Integrated Trail System, paved and unpaved, with Connections to Internal Parks and External Trail Systems

Sustainability