There are many changes coming to this area. The land preparation for the new commercial enterprise at the corner of Deer Flat and Highway 69 is well underway. Land preparation is also underway at the northwest corner of Deer Flat and 10-Mile, next to Crimson Point, for residential development.
Now, we are hearing that there is a proposal to develop “the curve” for both residential and commercial use. To me, this all sounds like good news for the local economy. New building, new commercial enterprises, and new residences all point toward our town climbing from the depths of the recession.
Obviously, this also means potential growth in population and loss of “country” atmosphere. Growth is inevitable, and must be expected. Kuna is only a short drive or ACHD van ride from Boise. Many come to Boise to improve their lifestyle, to leave environments that are Second Amendment unfriendly, or because businesses draw them, and would often prefer to live outside the “city?”
Compared to actual “cities” downtown Boise is still quite rural, but it is a matter of degree. To those of us who grew up in Kuna, Melba, Star or even Eagle, Meridian, or Nampa, Boise has always seemed like a bustling, overcrowded metropolis. To someone who grew up in Houston, or Seattle, or even Portland, Boise is quite an attractive locale to settle outside of city life.
To many small communities, such as Kuna, that are well within commuting distance to Boise, are even more attractive. In another 50 years, Kuna could become a name on a sign in the city of Boise. Hopefully, however, it will remain an attractive community for the majority of us, for some time to come.
With business and residential growth, however, comes the need for increased infrastructure. While ACHD is the entity that implements highway growth, many other factors are the responsibility of the city of Kuna.
Included in those needs are going to be additional sidewalks, street lighting, green belt expansion, bicycle lanes, and many other such public conveniences. There will be a need for Increases in law enforcement, full-time firefighters/first responders, and water, sewer, and irrigation maintenance personnel. In addition, there will be the need for growth in the services and equipment required to install and maintain facilities.
We began to deal with this during the now-past housing boom and we learned some painful and some helpful lessons about managing rapid growth. Let’s remember the lessons we learned and ensure that we are making wise and judicious use of our taxes and resources.
Refusing to accept the inevitable, fighting tenaciously to maintain our rural, agricultural-based community, in the face of progress has not proven beneficial in the past. Let’s work together to ensure that our planning and implementation benefits the largest number of residents by accepting that growth is coming and planning for it, while we can. Reactive regulation is nearly always less beneficial than astute planning.