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West Valley Neighborhood Association

--One of Boise’s Finest Neighborhoods

Association History


Bench to Valley / River Crossing


   Under Construction


Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants



Streetlights - Camelot Subdivision (completed) - $40,000

Streetlights - Frontier Subdivision (completed) - $5,000



Streetlights - Elgin & Frontier Subdivisions (completed) - $50,000

Streetlights - Harvest Subdivision (completed) - $3,200



West Valley Community Center Plan (completed) - $15,000

Streetlights - Combes Park Subdivision (completed) - $15,000



Streetlights - Country Squire, South Bryson & Glen Ellyn Court (completed) - $13,000

Streetscape - Ustick Townsite Mid-block Crossing (active - joint project with ACHD) - $4,100



Playground Improvements - Jullion Park (completed - joint project with Boise City Parks) - $42,402



Bike Path Completion - DeMeyer Park (active - joint project with Boise City Parks) - $22,191



Parks and Open Space


Hyatt Wetland


Paul Walden, Chairman of the WVNA Wetland Committee, was instrumental in moving the Hyatt Wetland forward during 1999. The WVNA hosted a meeting on September 17th, to allow Boise City Parks & Recreation and ACHD to explain their plans for the wetland site and for other interested groups to express concerns/ideas about how to maintain the wildness of the site.


The Heritage Preservation Committee established a list in 1990 of future acquisitions to be maintained as open land. This site was identified as the highest priority. Boise bought 22 acres and Mr. Hyatt donated an additional 22 acres. The Meridian School District owns a corner of the site. Parks and Recreation will develop a site Master Plan. Funds received from ACHD for the Maple Grove Ext. R/W will be applied to the cost of the Plan.


On November 20th, 1999, the Land Trust of Treasure Valley honored the WVNA with the presentation of their 1999 Conservation Award. The award has been displayed at our Annual Meetings.



Jullion Park


Click To DownloadThe second project is intended to enhance Jullion Park by adding a playground per the approved Master Plan for the park. The project was originally scheduled to be completed in late summer of 2003; however the contractor was held up due to some wrong parts being shipped. Wet weather came early in the Fall, delaying completion to early Spring of 2004. The playground equipment cost $35,000, installation of the playground equipment cost $10,000 and the playground infrastructure work amounted to $46,869.00. Total project cost of $91,869 was funded by a combination of Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds and Park Impact Fees.



West Valley Community Center Plan Development




The planning area encompasses two neighborhood gathering places. The first is the original Ustick Townsite, a historic landmark from the early days when orchards dotted the surrounding countryside. Many of the residences in the townsite date back to the early 1900's. Many long time residents or their descendants still occupy these homes. Three of the original commercial buildings remain along the south side of Ustick. These include the First Bank of Ustick, built in 1908; the Ustick Merc, built in 1903 and the former cheese factory building, formerly owned by the Boise Co-op Creamery Company. The building later saw service as a blacksmith shop and finally as a garage.


The area was originally served by the Boise and Interurban Railway. The system of railway street cars powered by electricity began in Boise in 1891. By 1907 the Interurban Loop was in operation. It consisted of a loop from downtown Boise, across the valley, to Middleton via Meridian and Caldwell. The southern loop went down what is now Ustick Road. Kids would ride the street cars to schools, including the newly built Boise High School downtown. Farmers would bring their produce to the markets. Little towns like Ustick developed along the route. The railway company even maintained parks along the tracks and riding the Interurban Loop for a picnic became a favorite Sunday pass-time. Of course, one of the stops was in front of the Ustick bank building


The second neighborhood gathering place is the contemporary shopping area at the intersection of Five Mile and Ustick. This shopping area boasts 24 retail businesses and five professional offices with more businesses in the planning and construction stage.


The Ustick residents embrace the gentle way of life made possible by a stable, pedestrian friendly community. Ustick has always had short blocks, alley loading for vehicles, front porches, short fences and friendly, caring neighbors. They like the eclectic mix of architectural styles and support home occupations.


The West Valley Neighborhood Association, Inc. set out in the fall of 1998 to create a site specific plan to revitalize the old town site of Ustick and the adjacent retail area. A vision of a multi-faceted community center with convenient neighborhood shopping, pleasant surroundings, a place to walk, play, and visit with our neighbors emerged in the minds of the neighborhood. The Plan contains the vision, hard work, hopes and dreams of the more than two hundred individuals who actively participated in the process together with the four hundred nine neighbors within one half mile of the planning area that took the time to fill out a comprehensive survey and return it.


Neighborhood participation was critical to the development of the Plan. The following formal meetings guided the planning process:





A Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant of $15,000 was awarded by the City of Boise to help underwrite the cost to develop the Ustick Plan. In August, the WVNA was notified that the project had also been selected to receive FHWA funds through a grant project called the Treasure Valley Futures: Alternative Choices for the American West. The Treasure Valley Futures project team was working on ways to build better communities and neighborhoods throughout the Treasure Valley, such that we impact the environment and the transportation system less with our travel. Being able to walk and bicycle to neighborhood shopping and schools, will result in less congestion and disruption to our neighborhoods.





The Year 1999 was spent getting organized and working with the Treasure Valley Futures program to develop the framework for the Plan.


11 May 1999 First Committee Meeting Scheduled

The First Meeting of the committee organized to direct the planning process for the Neighborhood Center at Five Mile & Ustick was held on May 11th. A status report on preliminary activities was presented, including potential sources of funding for the planning effort and the interest of the University of Idaho School of Architecture in participating in the planning process. The development of neighborhood needs and design guidelines were also discussed.


8 June 1999 - Core Committee Planning Meeting

In June, a Steering Committee was formed with Don Alloway and Stephen Loop serving as co-chairmen. Activities included 1) a look at what other areas around the nation had done in similar circumstances, 2) discussion of the mission statement for the planning effort, 3) a review and completion of the Action Plan for the effort and 4) an initial look at possible land uses in the planning area. Meetings with city staff established the guidelines under which the planning process would proceed.


8 September 1999 - Old Fashioned Pot Luck Welcomes Architectural Students To Historic Ustick Townsite

The University of Idaho School of Architecture, Boise Design Center student body, all twelve of them and their wives and families, were the guests of West Valley Neighborhood Association at an old fashioned pot luck to get acquainted and to inaugurate the Ustick Plan planning effort. These fifth year students will be participating in the design phase of the Ustick Plan, thanks to a grant received by the Association from Boise City for the planning process.


5-19 October 1999 - Goals & Objectives Developed

Beginning on October 5th, representatives of the neighborhood met weekly with the Idaho Urban Research Design Center (IURDC) teams to develop Goals and Objectives to guide the planning effort. The goals were prioritized and the top six were further defined at meetings held the following two weeks.


28-30 October 1999 - Design Charrettes Developed

On the 28th, a concentrated Design Charrette was kicked off with a presentation by local planner John Bertram about the idea of "neighborhood" and how we've made neighborhoods in Idaho. The teams spent the 29th and 30th developing three development concepts for the Old Townsite of Ustick and the Five Mile and Ustick Area. These were presented at a public meeting on the evening of October 30th.


Fall 1999 - Neighborhood Survey Conducted by Boise State University

A Neighborhood Center Questionnaire was developed in November by the WVNA in conjunction with the Department of Public Policy and Administration at BSU. It was sent to all property owners and households within 1/2 mile of the intersection of Five-Mile and Ustick. A remarkable 17+ percent were returned. Over 85 percent of respondents indicated they would like to see the Five-Mile and Ustick Area become more of a community center. Respondents showed a strong preference for a community with outdoor cafes, a farmers market, pedestrian and bike-friendly designs and neighborhood-friendly shops.


17 November 1999 - Presentation of Draft Five Mile & Ustick Neighborhood Center Plan

A presentation and review of the Draft Neighborhood Plan was held on November 17th. The Plan combined the ideas included in the three development concepts. The results of the students' efforts contributed towards the preparation of an amendment to Boise's Comprehensive Plan by the WVNA.





The Year 2000 saw the effort shift to the development of the draft Amendment to the Boise Comprehensive Plan.


25 January 2000 - Five Mile & Ustick Streetscape Subcommittee Meeting

The Streetscape Subcommittee's task was to help develop input on how we wanted Five Mile Road and Ustick Road to look within the Neighborhood Center area. Ideas developed by the IURDC students were further refined in preparation for the adoption by the City of Boise of a Special Design District. These have been developed in such areas as Capital Boulevard, Front-Myrtle Couplet and the River Street area. Staff from ACHD participated actively in the formulation of design concepts. Key features were reduced speed limits and narrowed cross sections to control traffic through the pedestrian sensitive areas.


27 January 2000 - Five Mile & Ustick Land Use Subcommittee Meeting

The Land Use Subcommittee's task was to help develop input on land use elements we wanted to see within the Neighborhood Center area.Ideas developed by the IURDC students were again further refined in preparation for the adoption by the City of Boise of an amendment to the Land Use Element of the city's Comprehensive Plan. This document will guide future decisions on zoning issues and conditional use proposals.


8 February 2000 - Joint Meeting of Five Mile & Ustick Streetscape and Land Use Subcommittees Scheduled

A Status Report was provided by each of the Subcommittee Chairs. Public Works Dept. representative Bill Colson will discuss the requirements and process for establishing a Historic Street Lighting District. Parks Dept. representative Dave Selvage discussed issues relating to streetscape, greenbelts and neighborhood parks.


23 March 2000 - General Membership Meeting Scheduled

Among the agenda items was a Status Report on the Five Mile & Ustick Community Center Plan


7 December 2000 - General Membership Meeting Scheduled

Again, a Report on the Five Mile & Ustick Community Center Plan was presented. The report will covered the land use and transportation portions of the proposed amendment to Boise's Comprehensive Plan.





18 January 2001 - Annual Meeting Scheduled

At the Annual Meeting, a progress report on the Five Mile & Ustick Community Center Plan was again presented.Presentations were also made by the by Boise Public Library staff on plans for development of the four branch libraries including one in West Boise and the Boise Urban Stages Staff on plans for expanding transit service in West Boise and Beyond.


May 17th - Draft Plan Presentation to Neighborhood

A Public Meeting to see, review, and discuss the proposed Five Mile & Ustick Amendment to the City of Boise's Comprehensive Plan was held on May 17th. The proposal addressed three key issues vital to the livability of the neighborhood:


H     Proposed changes in land use

H     Proposed architectural design standards

H     Proposed roadway design standards


Displays depicting the history of the Old Townsite of Ustick were available for viewing at the meeting.


13 June 2001 - Referral to City, ACHD and Quasi-Public Agencies for Review





7 March 2002 - Annual Meeting Scheduled

Update on Five Mile & Ustick Street Plan


13 June 2002 - Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled

The implementation of Five Mile and Ustick Plan Elements was discussed. A Neighborhood Enhancement Grant was receive from the City of Boise to construct the first "Element" of the Five Mile & Ustick Community Center Plan. A discussion was held to prioritize potential projects. This project will set the tone for the further implementation of the Plan. The preferred element was the pedestrian crossing between the Old Ustick Townsite and the contemporary shopping area at Five Mile and Ustick.





The result of these meetings is a neighborhood plan with numerous innovative and trend setting concepts that will make the West Valley Neighborhood stand out as an example of a livable community for years to come. By providing adequate community shopping and encouraging local employment opportunities, the West Valley Community Center Plan will have a desirable effect of reducing the number of trips and distance of travel on the overcrowded road networks while providing an enhanced quality of life for the entire West Valley Neighborhood.