Orchard, Idaho

ORCHARD, IDAHO

IN THE BOISE VALLEY OF SOUTHWEST IDAHO



Orchard, Idaho

It is no longer whether substantial urban development will occur within the Mayfield Orchard area, but when. During late 2008, a comprehensive feasibility study sponsored by a well-known and respected Idaho firm of engineers, geologists and water rights specialists concluded that it is physically, economically and politically feasible to deliver water for urban use from the Snake River to the desert south of Boise.

The Orchard Area, within the Mayfield Orchard area, is an area of privately owned land adjoining a large area of public land used by the U.S. Army and Idaho Army National Guard for a major military facility and training area and also set aside by the U.S. as the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

At the center of the Orchard Area is the platted Orchard Townsite along the Union Pacific Railroad mainline and Orchard Road, a highway that connects the military facility and training area to Exit 71 of Interstate 84 (I-84) about five miles to the north of the Orchard Townsite. From Exit 71 along I-84 to the northwest about 12 miles is the headquarters and facilities of Micron Technology, Inc. and the Boise City Limits.

The area is mostly vacant desert land used for dry grazing by ranchers even though it is mostly owed by investors and developers. Access to water is currently limited, although the Snake River is about 20 miles south with an abundance of available water. The Snake River Valley Aquifer runs under the area but there are concerns about its long-term sustainability for urban use.

It is anticipated that future development will be mostly residential to the north and mostly industrial to the south of the Union Pacific Railroad mainline.

THIS WEBSITE IS AN INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION EXPLAINING THE PAST POPULATION GROWTH AND OFFERING A LOGICAL EXPECTATION FOR FUTURE POPULATION GROWTH.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO INTRODUCE THE DEVELOPMENT POSSIBILITIES WITHIN THE MAYFIELD ORCHARD AREA OF THE BOISE METRO AREA, PARTICULARLY A LARGE INDUSTRIAL SITE AT ORCHARD WITH FRONTAGE ON BOTH THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MAINLINE AND ORCHARD ROAD TO I-84.