Orchard, Idaho


The South Valley is located to the southeast of Boise toward Mountain Home along Interstate 84. Almost none of the growth has occurred in this area. Almost all of the growth has occurred between Boise and beyond Caldwell to the west along Interstate 84. The center of the South Valley is on Interstate 84 northeast of the Orchard Townsite and southwest of the Mayfield Townsite. See EXHIBIT E and EXHIBIT F referred to above. The white portions on these maps, including EXHIBIT G referred to above, reflect privately owned land.

The area south of Interstate 84 (Orchard Area) is mostly flat terrain. The area north of Interstate 84 (Mayfield Area) includes rolling hills and the beginning of the Boise front of the Rocky Mountains. It is reasonable to expect that the Orchard Area will be industrial and affordable housing and the Mayfield Area will be upper scale residential homes. See EXHIBIT H that presents a Google satellite view of the Valley. Interstate 84 within the South Valley Area is at the start of the rolling hills toward the mountains.

Initially, most of the new development in the South Valley is expected to occur in the northern part of the South Valley closer to the Boise impact area and the current urban sources of water. Development farther south will depend on availability and timing of sources of water for urban use.

A major feasibility study was completed in year 2008 that concluded that it was physically, economically, and politically feasible to bring water from the Snake River to the South Valley for urban use. The Snake River is about 20 miles south of the Union Pacific Railroad mainline at Simco Road. The Elmore-Ada Water Project LLC was formed to pursue the planning and development of this water system. It is currently on hold pending a recovery of the economy and the real estate industry. See EXHIBIT I. For additional information, visit the Elmore-Ada Water Project Website.

It is projected that within about 30 years in year 2040, the population density of Ada County private land will be about 2,000 people per square mile. Ada County will become an urban county. See EXHIBIT F referred to above.