A public hearing was held on Wednesday, November 6 as part of the regular Kuna City Council Meeting. The Merlin Point development, the 52 acres on the inside portion of the curve as Meridian Road turns into Kuna Road and then Avalon Street, was requesting annexation into the city limits, a zoning change and clarification on access points to the highway. Because multiple governmental agencies and bodies are involved, all had their say at the hearing.
The development will have approximately 46 acres of commercial property with six to seven acres of residential properties. It is planned for construction over the next five to 10 years and the developer said he is in talks with several large box stores to build. In addition to entrances on Meridian Road and on Kuna Road, the developers requested and were approved by Kuna City Council having an entrance on the curve directly across from the Kuna Mora Road.
After discussion regarding which authority would need to approve that, it was made clear to city council that Idaho Transportation Department currently has the jurisdiction of that portion of the highway and that at some time in the future when traffic increases a traffic light will be installed. ITD has already prepared the three portions for this installation when they built the “curve” in 2000. They have no problem with adding a fourth entrance making the light a 4-way intersection.
Ada County Highway District submitted a letter of disapproval of a 4-way intersection on the curve but currently they do not have any control of that portion of the road according to ITD.
In other council business a fee was waived for the use of the Senior Center on Tuesdays for a period of six months for the Snake River Young Marines to use for meeting.
An ordinance was passed requiring background checks for all city employment applicants and certain types of licensees.