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The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« on: March 12, 2003, 05:22:30 pm »

For those members moving to Boise, Idaho and wishing to get started on your activism
(what codes to change and how to do it)
Here is free beginning.
These links are all PDF files so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Printer friendly versions are at this link
http://www.cityofboise.org/city_clerk/codesections.shtml
(if any of the following links to do work, see the above link)

CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 1.    ADMINISTRATIVE
1-01. MAYOR
1-02 COUNCIL
1-03 PENALTY
1-04 ELECTION PRECINCTS
1-06 OFFICERS
1-07 ELECTION OF COUNCIL
1-08 ATTORNEY
1-11 PURCHASING
1-12 CLAIMS; WARRANTS
1-14 CITY FUNDS
1-15 SALARIES
1-16 COMP.   LIABILITY PLAN
1-17 CITY PERSONNEL
1-19 SURETY BONDS
1-20 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER
1-21 CODE OF ETHICS
1-22 INITIATIVE & REFERENDUM
1-23 RECORDS MANAGEMENT


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 2.   COMMISSIONS AND BOARDS
2-01 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
2-02 AIRPORT COMMISSION
2-03 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
2-04 LIBRARY BOARD
2-05 PARK AND REC COMMISSIONERS
2-06 PLANNING-ZONING COMMISSION
2-07 DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE ADV
2-08 GAS FITTERS EXAMINING BOARD
2-10 CIVIL DEFENSE ORGANIZATION
2-16 PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION
2-17 BOISE CITY ARTS COMMISSION
2-18 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMM
2-19 TRANSIT ADVISORY COMM
2-20 IRRIGATION COMMISSION
2-21 HOUSING & COMM DEVELOPMENT
2-22 COMMUNITY OMBUDSMAN
2-23 FOOTHILLS CONSERV ADVISORY


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 3.    DEPARTMENTS
3-01 POLICE DEPARTMENT
3-02 PLANNING DEPARTMENT
3-03 HEALTH DEPARTMENT
3-04 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
3-05 BUILDING DEPARTMENT
3-06 CUSTOMER SERVICES DEPARTMENT
3-09 BOISE PARK SYSTEM
3-10 PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 4.    BUILDING REGULATIONS
4-01 PLUMBING CODE
4-02 BUILDING CODE
4-03 SMOKE CONTROL
4-04 MOVING, DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS
4-05 ELECTRICAL CODE
4-06 SOLID FUEL HEATING APPLIANCES
4-07 BOISE UNIFORM SIGN CODE
4-08 UNIFORM HOUSING CODE
4-09 INTERNATIONAL  MECHANICAL CODE
4-10 FALLOUT SHELTERS
4-11 DANGEROUS BUILDINGS
4-12 IMPACT FEE ORDINANCE
4-13 BUILDING CONSERVATION
4-14 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
4-15 ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE
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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2003, 05:47:01 pm »

CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 5.    BUSINESS REGULATIONS
5-01.  GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE
5-02 GENERAL LICENSES
5-04 VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION
5-05 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
5-06 SIDEWALK CAFE
5-09 CIRCUSES, MENAGERIES, RIDES
5-11 DANCE HALLS
5-12 VENDORS and SOLICITORS
5-16 PAWNBROKER'S
5-17 JEWELRY AUCTIONS
5-19 PRIVATE SECURITY SERVICE
5-20 PRECIOUS METAL DEALERS
5-21 SEPTAGE HAULERS
5-22 CHARITABLE SOLICITATIONS
5-24. TAXICABS; TAXI DRIVERS
5-25 THEATRES
5-28 VEHICLE ESCORT SERVICE
5-29 EMERGENCY WRECKER SERVICE
5-30 AUCTIONS AND AUCTIONEERS
5-33 CHILD CARE FACILITIES
5-35 MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS
5-36 ESCORT BUSINESS

CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 6.    POLICE REGULATIONS
6-01 GENERAL OFFENSES
6-02 FALSE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
6-03 GAMBLING; LOTTERIES
6-04 FIREARMS; WEAPONS
6-05 INTOXICATING LIQUORS
6-07 ANIMALS
6-10 CURFEW
6-11 PUNCHBOARDS
6-12 MINORS; REGULATIONS FOR
6-13 LITTERING IN PUBLIC PARKING
6-14 ANIMALS; FOWL AT LARGE
6-15 FALSE BURGLARY/ ALARMS
6-16 LITTERING
6-17 OFFENSES - PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY
6-18 ASSEMBLAGES
6-19 LOST OR ABANDONED PROPERTY
6-20 NOISE
6-22 PUBLIC NUDITY


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 7.    FIRE REGULATIONS
7-01 FIRE PREVENTION CODE
7-02 BUREAU OF FIRE PREVENTION
7-03 OPEN BURNING
7-04 CHILD CARE FACILITIES FIRE CODES
7-05 FIRE PERMIT SYSTEM
7-06 PENALTIES FOR FALSE FIRE ALARMS
7-07 UNIFORM CITATIONS
7-08 BUILDING PLAN REVIEW
7-09 SHINGLES AND ROOFING
7-30 FIRE ZONES
7-31 FIREWORKS
7-32 FOOTHILLS FIRE PREVENTION


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 8.    HEALTH AND SANITATION REGULATIONS
8-01 HEALTH AND SANITATION
8-02 DAIRY PRODUCTS;  INSPECTION
8-03 MEAT INSPECTION
8-04 FOOD REGULATIONS
8-05 RESTAURANTS
8-06 CONTAGIOUS DISEASES
8-07 FUMIGATION
8-08 SANITARY REGULATIONS
8-09 VITAL STATISTICS
8-10 GARBAGE
8-11 SEWER REGULATIONS
8-12 GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM
8-13 VEHICLE EMISSIONS
8-14 PRETREATMENT REGULATIONS
8-15 BOISE CITY STORM WATER
8-16 IRRIGATION SYSTEM
8-17 CONSTRUCTION SITE EROSION
8-18 NUISANCE PROPERTY ABATEMENT
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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2003, 05:48:15 pm »

CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 9.    PUBLIC  PROPERTY
9-01 PUBLIC  PROPERTY DEFINITION
9-02 CURBS; CONSTRUCTION
9-03 DITCHES AND CULVERTS
9-04 EXCAVATIONS
9-05 STREET GRADES
9-06 UNIFORM STREET NAMES
9-07 SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION
9-08 CARE AND USE OF SIDEWALKS
9-09 PROTECTION OF STREETS
9-10 STREET OBSTRUCTIONS
9-12 WATER MAINS
9-14 PUBLIC PARKS
9-15 CEMETERIES
9-16 TREES AND SHRUBBERY
9-17 SWIMMING POOLS
9-18 RAILROADS
9-19 ALLEYS
9-20 BOISE CITY SUBDIVISIONS
9-21 FRANCHISES
9-23 SALE OR EXCHANGES OF REAL
9-24 STREETS AND PARKWAYS
9-25 CABLE SYSTEM FRANCHISES


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 10.  TRAFFIC
10-01 DEFINITIONS
10-02 ADMINISTRATION
10-03 ENFORCEMENT
10-04 TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES
10-05 SPEED REGULATIONS
10-06 PEDESTRIANS
10-07 ABANDONED VEHICLES
10-08 ONE-WAY STREETS AND ALLEY
10-09 STOP & YIELD INTERSECTIONS
10-10 DRIVING RULES AND REGS
10-11 PARKING
10-12 STOPPING FOR LOADING
10-13 TURNING MOVEMENTS
10-14 BICYCLES
10-15 MOTORCYCLES
10-16 MISCELLANEOUS TRAFFIC
10-17 PARKING METERS
10-18 PROHIBITING SKATEBOARD USE
10-19 WATERCRAFT
10-20 LOUD AMPLIFICATION DEVICES


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 11.  ZONING
11-01 GENERAL PROVISIONS
11-02 STAFF, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES
11-03 GENERAL PROCEDURES
11-04 ZONING CLASSIFICATIONS
11-05 ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
11-06 P&Z COMMISSION APPLICATION
11-07 CAPITAL CITY DEVELOPMENT
11-08 CITY COUNCIL APPLICATION
11-09 EXCEPTIONS, ACCESSORY
11-10 OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING
11-11 SIGN REGULATIONS
11-12 FLOODPLAIN ORDINANCE
11-14 FOOTHILL DEVELOPMENT
11-15 CITY IMPACT BOUNDARY MAP
11-16 BOISE RIVER SYSTEM
11-17 PEDESTRIAN COMMERCIAL ZONING
11-18 WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
11-19 NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION
11-20 NEAR NORTH END CONSERVATION


CITY OF BOISE CODE -- TITLE 12.  AIR TERMINAL
12-01 PURPOSE; TITLE
12-02 SCOPE
12-03 DEFINITIONS
12-04 BOISE AIR TERMINAL DISTRICT
12-05 DESCRIPTION OF ESTABLISHED ZONES
12-06 MAXIMUM HEIGHT LIMITATIONS
12-07 LAND USE LIMITATIONS
12-08 PERMITS
12-09 NON-CONFORMING USES
12-10 SPECIAL USE PERMITS
12-11 ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT
12-12 APPEALS AND AMENDMENTS
12-13 NOTICE OF AIRPORT HAZARDS
12-14 NOISE ABATEMENT PROVISIONS
12-15 VALIDITY
12-16 AIR TERMINAL PARKING
12-17 AIRPORT SECURITY PROGRAM
12-18 AIR TERMINAL FACILITIES
12-19 BOISE AIR TERMINAL PARKING PERMIT
12-20 NON-TENANT RENTAL CAR PERMIT
12-21 PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE

Idaho State Code
http://www3.state.id.us/idstat/TOC/idstTOC.html
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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2003, 06:09:50 pm »

Uh, Joe, what's your point?  ???

Just kidding...   ;)
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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2003, 06:34:35 pm »

Zxcv,
My point?
Oh, I hoped Zach would get a rise out of the ordinances on 6-22 PUBLIC NUDITY   ;D

and those wanting jobs would look at
3-10 PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT  ;)

and those members who are entrepreneurs would look at
5-35 MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS ::)
5-36 ESCORT BUSINESS ;)

and Varrin would critique for us
12-04 BOISE AIR TERMINAL DISTRICT

and maybe some chomping-at-the-bit activists would look at
1-22 INITIATIVE & REFERENDUM

Sheesh!   Where do the Free Staters start with all this stuff?
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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2003, 07:07:09 pm »

I went to look at Evanston, WY, a little city with 11,000 people. Here are the chapters of their code:

Chapter 1 General Provisions
Chapter 2 Administration
Chapter 3 Airport
Chapter 4 Alcoholic Beverages
Chapter 5 Animals and Fowl
Chapter 6 Bicycles
Chapter 7 Buildings
Chapter 8 Cemeteries
Chapter 9 Fire Prevention
Chapter 10 Repealed
Chapter 11 Licenses Generally
Chapter 12 Motor Vehicles and Traffic
Chapter 13 Municipal Court
Chapter 14 Nuisances Generally
Chapter 15 Offenses —Miscellaneous
Chapter 16 Oil and Gas Wells
Chapter 17 Parks and Recreation
Chapter 18 Police
Chapter 19 Sewers and Sewage Disposal
Chapter 20 Solar Access
Chapter 21 Streets and Sidewalks
Chapter 22 Subdivision of Land
Chapter 23 Utilities
Chapter 24 Zoning
Chapter 25 Taxicabs and Taxicab Drivers
Chapter 26 Bingo and Pull-Tab Regulations
Statutory References
Index

Don't you like that local color? Oil and gas wells in the back yard? Bingo and Pull-Tab...

The weird thing, is the code for this town runs to 277 pages!  :o

It's like barnacles, Joe. Every elected official has to add a little something.

What does Wilmington look like? I bet there's a lot there too, it's an older city.

Maybe we should have a row in the spreadsheet with the page count for the codes for the 5 largest cities in the state...  :P
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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2003, 07:14:18 pm »

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Sheesh!  Where do the Free Staters start with all this stuff?

Maybe make an end-around it. Don't try to remove any codes; just make all of them guidelines rather than being mandatory. Or reduce the penalties and fees for violating them to almost nothing. Or just cut down the number of code enforcers. Or throw procedural barriers out there to actually enforcing them.

There is something to be said for living in the country. "Codes? What codes?"
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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2003, 07:47:42 pm »

Airport boards and commissions are irrelevent with respect to the overall freedom situation as long as the TSA exists.  That's one federal issue we're going to have significant difficulty with anywhere we go...

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2003, 01:39:57 am »

One thing that this should illustrate for us is the degree to which research and coordination are going to be needed in order to even be able to determine where to start with attempting reforms.

I see committees of volunteers being assembled to do the following:

  • Read through all of this code.
  • Identify areas vulnerable to reform.
  • Research and discuss viable options for outlining reforms (including public relations angles).
  • Prioritize targeted reform areas.
  • Coordinate priorities with local activists and politicians to get targeted reforms on the agenda and have activists show up to argue for them at hearings.
  • Rally the troops in the event of defeat, analyze what went wrong, and organize another go at it.


Looking at this sort of thing really gives one a strong sense of exactly what level of activism is going to be necessary to implement even the most basic sort of reforms in areas governed by local codes, particularly in large cities like Boise.  If the 80/20 rule applies, which I imagine it will, the few who try to undertake all of this necessary research and coordination are at a significant risk of getting burned-out or disillusioned.  At best, our agenda would move forward at a snail's pace on the local and county levels.

Then again, maybe we'll have unprecedented levels of personal activism that will make all of this happen.  Each of us has to evaluate that possibility for him or herself based on what we know of politics and typical human behavior.

However, I do believe that these considerations strongly question whether it is wise for us to try stretching our political legs for the first time under the most difficult of circumstances - high population, rapidly growing areas where the task willl be magnitudes more difficult.  With all of this on our plate, do we really want huge numbers of possible opponents (and their money) to deal with as well?

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Re:The FREE CITY of Boise, Idaho - all you need to know!
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2003, 01:56:00 am »

I just read through the first several sections of the airport related parts of the code.  There's nothing spectacular in there.

Here's what I'd love to see happen.  The airport, as it's defined today, plus any required airspace claimed by the airport district and not the FAA, would be sold to a private company (presumably an investment company) and be managed by that company.  They would then take care of all of the land use and management issues.  Noise abatement and airspace ownership outside of their owned space would revert to the control of the FAA (in cases where the FAA claims ownership) or the underlying residents (where the FAA does not claim ownership).

But here's the thing.  Doing that wouldn't really have a significant impact on things at the moment.  Why?  Because the feds control so much of what happens at an airport.  The Boise Airport Company wouldn't have the authority to change air traffic control procedures (i.e. to affect noise abatement), change security procedures, even change parking procedures, all because the feds dictate that policy.  Private ownership *could* change those things, but for practical purposes it just isn't going to do much difference.  

Consider if we kicked the TSA out, let the people park where they want (i.e. within 300' of the terminal without security), etc. etc.  Then the airlines would either all pull out (most likely), or would have to re-screen their people on arrival (yuck).  Unless all the airports in the nation were privatized, we'll still have that problem.  Of course, that is unless we get the feds out of the aviation business.

So while I could be interested in being on the airport board, at this point they're nearly powerless.  Who really cares how they build Runway 28C (or whatever it is to be)?  They'll figure it out just fine.  It's the important issues that the feds have usurped all authority on, at least when it comes to aviation.

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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2003, 02:43:23 am »

RobertH wrote:

<<I see committees of volunteers being assembled to do the following:

Read through all of this code.

Identify areas vulnerable to reform.>>

To help build such a volunteer base I've started a thread
here

I'm listing research and monitoring of govt. as volunteer interests folks can list, hopefully some will.

Although I do see a lot I like in Zx's approach of bypassing the problem.   Reducing to almost nothing the penalties for violating onerous regulations...  Now we know why it says "great thinker" by your name, Zx!

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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2003, 03:59:42 am »

Although I do see a lot I like in Zx's approach of bypassing the problem.   Reducing to almost nothing the penalties for violating onerous regulations...  Now we know why it says "great thinker" by your name, Zx!

This will work to a certain degree although we will eventually have to start repealing or revising various sections of the actual code.  The reason for this is that those who oppose us could actively use it against us.  The ACLU has done this on a number of occasions.  They'll go into a community where something is going on that they don't like, and they'll search high and low to find someone who will let ACLU file suit on their behalf under some statute or another.

And in most communities, I'd be willing to wager that there will be at least one or two people who won't like the fact that we're not enforcing certain codes, whether it actually harms them or not.

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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2003, 03:13:03 pm »

That's true, Robert. There are holes in any plan. But at least this way they have to work at it, and make public a$$holes of themselves for complaining that Joe Blow built a gazebo in his back yard without getting a permit (this happened recently to a neighbor of mine - he had to tear it down!)  That is, make such complaints require personal appearance before some committee or other, with recorded testimony.

Shame, if nothing else, will keep this kind of activity to a minimum.
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2003, 08:16:13 am »

Shame, if nothing else, will keep this kind of activity to a minimum.

I certainly hope so.  They just finished building a Pizzeria Uno down the road from me, and I noticed the other day that there's a sign up there now announcing a zoning board hearing on whether or not the restaurant should be allowed to border its frame in neon lights.

Talk about issues that really make the world go 'round, eh?   ;)

Much more aggravating to me personally though is the fact that our county blue laws don't allow me to buy anything that is not a "food or other necessity" item prior to 1:30 this afternoon.   ::)

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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2003, 10:31:03 am »

One thing that this should illustrate for us is the degree to which research and coordination are going to be needed in order to even be able to determine where to start with attempting reforms.

I see committees of volunteers being assembled to do the following:

  • Read through all of this code.
  • Identify areas vulnerable to reform.
  • Research and discuss viable options for outlining reforms (including public relations angles).
  • Prioritize targeted reform areas.
  • Coordinate priorities with local activists and politicians to get targeted reforms on the agenda and have activists show up to argue for them at hearings.
  • Rally the troops in the event of defeat, analyze what went wrong, and organize another go at it.


Looking at this sort of thing really gives one a strong sense of exactly what level of activism is going to be necessary to implement even the most basic sort of reforms in areas governed by local codes, particularly in large cities like Boise.

Better yet.
Avoid states with big cities like Boise, Wilmington, Manchester, Nashua, Anchorage, Portland, Billings, Fargo, and Sioux Falls :-[

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If the 80/20 rule applies, which I imagine it will, the few who try to undertake all of this necessary research and coordination are at a significant risk of getting burned-out or disillusioned.  
 So, where we need 20 activists we have to round up 100 to make sure we actually have twenty.

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At best, our agenda would move forward at a snail's pace on the local and county levels.
It's obvious we need more porcupines or smaller states.
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