NAMPA — A new 95-acre subdivision called Summit Ridge Subdivision near Lake Lowell in Nampa is in the works.

Nampa City Council voted 4-2 to approve the proper annexation and zoning to develop Summit Ridge at Monday night’s meeting following a public hearing.

The plot of land developers identified for the subdivision sits on the southwest corner of West Greenhurst Road and Midland Boulevard, and holds enough space for 245 residential lots.

Mark Tate, representing real estate developer M3 Companies, said the subdivision is planned to be low-density residential, with the average proposed lot size about 9,700 square feet. Tate said the style of the subdivision will be similar to another subdivision his company built nearby, Red Hawk Ridge Subdivision.

Several residents spoke out in opposition to the project, most of whom were concerned about the traffic impacts the development would create. Tate said city staff identified the intersection of Greenhurst and Midland as a site of a future roundabout in its capital improvement plan, paid for by impact fees, which would mitigate the traffic.

But City Engineer Daniel Badger said it could be 11 to 17 years before that roundabout is built, and several residents said they believe the developer should front the cost to get the roundabout built faster.

Tate said with Nampa’s new increased impact fees, which the developer would pay, the developer would contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars toward road improvements, although he didn’t know exactly how much. He also said the city’s capital improvement plan is a flexible document, so the construction schedule of the roundabout be moved up.

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Councilman Darl Bruner, who ultimately voted in support of the project, said he did not like that the impact fees the developer would pay would likely go toward other projects identified as higher priorities, while neighboring residents would bear the brunt of the poor road conditions in the meantime.

“I want to approve this project, but I don’t like what I’m looking at as far as road conditions,” Bruner said.

Councilwoman Sandi Levi suggested that the City Council may not have thought through all the ramifications of increasing the city’s impact fees when they made their decision. She and Councilman Victor Rodriguez voted against the development.

But Councilman Bruce Skaug said backpedaling on their decision on impact fees would be detrimental to the city. He and other council members agreed that the developer’s proposal was high quality, and Mayor Debbie Kling said the city can’t try to fund future roadway improvements by hindering development.

“We could deny this, but it still wouldn’t solve our problem,” Kling said.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify information regarding the roundabout’s construction timeline.

Erin Bamer is the city of Nampa reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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