Working with CCDC & Boise City
Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) is Boise’s redevelopment agency and prepares master plans and
initiates redevelopment activities within designated urban renewal districts.
Currently CCDC is implementing urban renewal master plans in three districts
in downtown Boise. CCDC also undertakes redevelopment activities through agency initiatives. For example,
the Boise Smart City Initiative, a citizen-led effort in 2000, envisioned downtown Boise
becoming a vibrant urban environment – a lively mixture of housing, workplaces, restaurants,
retail, culture, educational activities and social spaces
connected by technology and fueled by the energy of the new economy workforce.
CCDC has a longstanding commitment to working with the development community, other government agencies and the general public to make downtown Boise a distinctive, well designed and livable place. One of the ways this goal is accomplished is through design review of development projects. All of the properties in Boise City's urban renewal districts have been included in either the downtown design review ("DD") or historic design review ("HD") zoning overlay districts. When a development project is proposed in the DD district, the Boise city Zoning Ordinance requires that applicants obtain CCDC's comments on the project prior to submitting their application for city design review. Boise City also refers zoning, conditional use permit, design review applications for the HD overlay district, and sign applications to CCDC for review and comment as part of its development review process. Find city process flowcharts and applications here.
CCDC requests applicants submit their projects to the agency 4 weeks prior to the design review hearing date.
The main focus of CCDC's review of development projects is the degree to which a particular project implements the goals and design objectives set forth in the master plan for the urban renewal district where the project is located. CCDC uses the plans, objectives and design guidelines in the appropriate master plan to arrive at its recommendations.
CCDC requests applicants review this checklist before submitting their project to the agency for review.
The private sector is in the best position to respond to the marketplace. Private developers rather than
public agencies are responsible for most of the development that occurs in downtown. CCDC knows that we need
private developers to seek out downtown as a place to do business. Rather than compete with private developers,
CCDC uses its resources to offer assistance and to create catalysts infrastructure for private development.
CCDC offers assistance to downtown developers in the form of:
Project Planning and Design Assistance
CCDC can assist property owners and developers, either through its own staff or consultants,
with site layout and building massing studies and architectural design to improve the prospects
for success of downtown development projects.
Advocacy with other public agencies
CCDC can act as an advocate for development projects that meet the vision and goals for downtown with
staff at Boise City, Ada County Highway District, Idaho Transportation Department or at other agencies or in
hearings before the city council or agency boards.
- Investment in public infrastructure
CCDC’s Capital Investment Plan (CIP) is the agency’s primary form of infrastructure investment. It is a
five-year plan coordinated with our budget. It shows where we expect to use our financial resources for public investment projects. Each year this plan is updated with our budget and is adjusted based
on resources available and current development projects. The CIP also includes a Streetscape Grant Program component that provides assistance to developers with the cost
of streetscape improvements. Updating the CIP includes concept plans and design studies that will help create the draft CIP:
- Investment in catalyst projects
CCDC invests time and resources in a variety of downtown catalyst projects.
Contact information for downtown development:
City of Boise Planning and Development Services
City of Boise Project Management Program
Downtown Development Coordination Program
Geothermal Heating District
Intermountain Gas Company
United Water (208) 362-7304
Ada County Highway District (Local streets and ROW)
Idaho Transportation Department (State Highways)