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September 2, 2022
Recommendations for Garden City, Idaho on new opportunities for circulation and a mix of land uses in the Parkway neighborhood along the Boise River Greenbelt.
Date: August 21-26, 2022
Location: Garden City, Idaho
Sponsor: City of Garden City and Galena Equity Partners
Panel Chair: Christopher Kurz, Linden Associates
Garden City, Idaho—overlooking the Boise River and adjacent to the capital city—has enjoyed particularly favorable market forces over the past several years. The strong real estate market, along with factors such as increased remote work options, efforts to create new and improved parks, the popularity of Boise River Greenbelt, and rapid growth in the Treasure Valley region, bring with it the opportunity to reinvent the Parkway neighborhood.
Garden City is essentially built out, but is in the process of infill development east of Glenwood. The City is becoming increasingly popular, and the east end is of the highest valued property in the valley. The City is open to transforming the land use map again to achieve an ideal flexible zoning pattern.
The Greenbelt is enviable cultural and natural resource and a significant economic engine for Garden City, with a wide range of users and activities from dawn to dusk.
Idaho has a long history of private sector responsibility for the growth and direction of not only the state, but the cities and towns. As with a successful company, opportunities for profit, leverage, speed to market, and predictability are key to a flourishing Garden City.
The time to take advantage of Garden City’s unique opportunity is now. Economic conditions can change quickly. Right now, many factors are aligned to help Garden City achieve a transformation that will improve the life of its residents for many years to come. It is important to be proactive in order to manage change and benefit from it.
The panel’s recommendations offered a vision and a roadmap to seize the moment. To shape the future of Garden City, the panel recommended:
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