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We always recommend that you check with the City Planning & Zoning office at 208-939-0227, but if you are looking after office hours or you want to check for yourself:
Step One: Check the Ada County Assessor’s Website. The Ada County Assessor maintains a land record system that is available online: http://www.adacountyassessor.org/propsys/ This system lets you search by address, parcel number, or subdivision. Once you find the property, look for "Zone Code" to the left of the picture.
Step Two: Once you have the zoning code you need to compare that to the Eagle City Code 8-2-1: Zoning Districts, which can be found online at the following link: https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/eagleid/latest/eagle_id/0-0-0-9902. This section of Eagle City Code will also give you information about permitted uses within the zone and setbacks.
Please Note: The County Assessor’s website is not always up-to-date and the City Planning & Zoning should be contacted for the most accurate information.
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Prior to Submittal:
Two events must occur before the City accepts an application.
Step 1: Application Submittal
Applicant schedules a meeting with staff to submit materials & fees. The City will create a file. This is the 1st time the City has the application materials.
Step 2: Agency Transmission and Staff Review
Staff sends the application to agencies for comment and recommendations. Staff review the application and creates a staff report based on the City Comprehensive Plan and City Code. The staff report is available 5 to 7 days before the hearing.
Step 3: Public Notification
A minimum of 15-days before hearing a letter is to sent property owners within 300-ft. of the site and notice is published in the newspaper explaining the request, as well as, the date, lime, & location of the hearing. The site is posted 10- days before the hearing.
Step 4: P&Z Commission Hearing
The applicant and the public share their reasons for approval or denial. The commission’s decision is a recommendation to the City Council. The commission will issue written findings of fact based on the public hearing, comprehensive plan, and City code.
Step 5: Public Notification Again
A repeat the public notification process from Step 3 but with City Council hearing date, time & location.
Step 6: City Council Hearing
The applicant and the public share their reasons for approval or denial. The City Council can approve, deny, or send back to the P&Z Commission or staff for additional work. The City Council will issue written findings of fact based on the public hearing, comprehensive plan, and City code. Findings are customarily adopted at a separate meeting on the Council’s consent agenda.
On to the Design Review Process...
All land uses (aside from a single home or 2-family homes) are subject to the Eagle Design Review Process prior to development or construction.
Click here for a handy flow chart explaining this process.
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The Mayor is sworn in to protect and defend the US constitution, the Idaho Constitution, Idaho Code, and Eagle City Code. The Mayor serves as the chief administrator for the City- presiding over meetings of the Council, setting agendas, processing complaints, and overseeing day to day management of the City. Unlike the City Council, the Mayor only votes to break a tie.
The Eagle City Council is made up of four at-large elected officials who are sworn in to protect and defend the US constitution, the Idaho Constitution, Idaho Code, and Eagle City Code. The City Council is the legislative and policy-making branch of the City government. The Council is charged with oversight of the City finances, improvements & work done for the City.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is made up of five mayor-appointed and council confirmed members. The commission is charged with oversight under Idaho Code 67-65: The Local Land Use Planning Act. One of the five members shall be appointed to represent the people outside the City limits but within the Eagle Area of Impact Boundary.
The Eagle Design Review Board is made up of five mayor-appointed and council confirmed design professionals (land use, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, business & citizen). The Board reviews both commercial & subdivision applications to confirm compliance with the City’s Design Review Standards in Eagle City Code 8- 2A.
Agencies that receive land use applications
Land uses & development in Eagle are guided by four main sections on Eagle City Code:
The City of Eagle has 9 architectural design styles. They are as follows:
For more information about these design styles and how they are applied please view the Eagle Architecture and Site Design Book.
8-11-3: MINIMAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE: No building or premises shall detrimentally impact the surrounding neighborhood due to dilapidation, deterioration, decay, abandonment or unfinished construction and render the enjoyment of the property essentially uncomfortable or inconvenient to the neighborhood. (Ord. 520, 6-28-2005)
If you have questions contact: Eagle Police Code Enforcement Office at (208) 577-3715 or file a code enforcement complaint online.
8-3-2: SUPPLEMENTAL GENERAL PROVISIONS: C. Parking And Storing Of Certain Vehicles: Automotive vehicles or trailers of any kind or type without current license plates shall not be parked or stored on any residentially zoned property other than in a completely enclosed building or carport. Further, no boats, motor homes or other recreational vehicles may be parked more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours in front of any residentially zoned property. One boat and one recreational vehicle may be stored in the side or rear yard.
A variance is a modification to the bulk and placement standards (setbacks, shape of structure) when the strict enforcement of code will create a hardship. Idaho Code Section 67-6516 states: “A variance shall not be considered a right or special privilege, but may be granted to an applicant only upon a showing of undue hardship because of characteristics of the site and that the variance is not in conflict with the public interest.”
A waiver is the process of permitting exceptions to development standards, other than use, through the use of a conditional use permit or by administrative process. Waivers must be consistent with the City’s adopted plan and illustrate how the allowance provides for better compliance than the existing City plan and other city code.
An example of a waiver in Eagle City Code is Building Height:
Eagle City Code 8-2-4 establishes a Maximum Height for buildings within the City of Eagle based on zoning but, Eagle City Code 8-2A-6B-6 establishes that “additional height may be permitted if a conditional use permit is approved by the city council”.
Commonly in Eagle, waivers are completed as part of the Planned Unit Development process under Eagle City Code 8-6-6-2(C)-2 or as part of a development agreement in the Mixed Use (MU) zoning designation under Eagle City Code 8-2-1.
Learn about the Eagle is HOME plan
Learn about the 2017 Eagle is HOME plan changes
A comprehensive plan under Idaho Code (§67-6508) is a guide looking toward the future of the City. The plan shall include all land within the jurisdiction of the governing board. The plan shall consider previous and existing conditions, trends, compatibility of land uses, desirable goals and objectives, or desirable future situations for each planning component. Eagle’s Comprehensive Plan can be found by clicking here.
Zoning is standards under Idaho Code (§67-6511) that regulates and restricts the height, number of stories, size, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or use of buildings and structures; percentage of lot occupancy, size of courts, yards, and open spaces; density of population; and the location and use of buildings and structures. All standards shall be uniform for each class or kind of buildings throughout each district, but the standards in one (1) district may differ from those in another district.
Downtown Eagle Plan 4/29/2019
Eagle 2018 Growth Report
The City of Eagle and West Ada School District release first-ever School Planning Report Card. The goal of the report card is to have the school district and City review how the two entities cooperatively plan for, fund, and manage public schools within the City of Eagle. Additional information on school capacity and enrollment is released by the West Ada School District in September of each year. The City provides the school district copies of all applications received by the City for recommendation and comment. The intent is to have the report card updated annually as conditions changes within the District.
West Ada School District enrollment map.