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Thu., March 13, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

Legislators Attacking Design Review

Anyone curious as to what passes for a design review at the Idaho Legislature might want to take a look at the block-long slab of concrete passing as a half-finished parking garage a stone's throw from the Statehouse. The 2013 Legislature muscled through its plans for an un-historic parking ramp in one of the city's most treasured districts, supplanting two historic dwellings along the way. Not content with last year's thumb-of-the-nose to the city of Boise, members of the 2014 Idaho Legislature now have a design of their own: further tightening the leash on design review, making commercial building design review mostly voluntary/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Just when you think the 2014 Idaho Legislature can't get much worse ... along comes this bill -- courtesy of state Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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