28th Street Traffic Calming Petition

June 4, 2016 in General Topics

At the request of neighbors and Lowell parents and staff, Ada County Highway Department (ACHD) completed a traffic study on 28th Street in front of Lowell. The study results showed that due to the volume and speed of the traffic, 28th Street is eligible for “traffic calming”.

In order for the process to move forward, 75% property owners along 28th Street between State and Hill must sign a petition by mid-July. This is challenging, especially when many property owners do not even reside on 28th street.

Several volunteers will be in the neighborhood this weekend and in the next few weeks trying to talk to the property owners and get signatures.

If you are a 28th street property owner or know someone who is, please chat with us or spread the word.

For more detailed information, you can go here: 28th Street Traffic Calming Petition – FAQs


SNA Board Meeting Minutes, January 2016

January 24, 2016 in Association Meetings

The minutes for the Sunset Neighborhood Association Board Meeting on January 12, 2016 is available at the following link:

January 2016 Board Meeting Minutes (Draft)

This a draft and subject to updates.

The updated Articles of Association and Bylaws are available at these links:

Articles of Association Jan 2016
BYLAWS Jan 2016

SNA Board Meeting Agenda, January 2016

January 11, 2016 in Association Meetings

January 12, 2016

Lowell Elementary School – Library
1507 North 28th Street
Boise, ID 83703

6:30 – 6:35 Review and approval of minutes from prior meeting

6:35 – 6:45 Introduction of new attendees

6:45 – 7:00 Review and vote on Updated Bylaw and Articles of Association

7:00 – 7:30 City Notices

7:30 – 8:00 New Business

What is a Neighborhood Association?

December 1, 2015 in General Topics

First off, let us define what it is not.  It is not a Homeowners Association.  Because of their similarity in names, some might confuse a neighborhood association and a homeowner’s association. However, the two entities are quite different.

A homeowner’s association is formed by a developer and limited to a specific subdivision or project.  The association provides the framework for the future maintenance of the development’s common grounds and amenities, for instance a pool; clubhouse or common area landscaping.  All homeowners are compelled to follow the codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) governing the development and pay association dues.

A neighborhood association is a section of a city with a common identity.  Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet friends, exchange information, create projects and priorities, propose solutions, and have fun.  It includes everyone who lives, owns property or runs a business in the neighborhood.

A neighborhood association is formed based on the needs and desires of its residents.  The association gives residents a forum to discuss common concerns and to brainstorm possible solutions.  Some potential outcomes may be: improved street lighting, bike paths, sidewalks, traffic calming devices, parks and open spaces, zoning and land-use planning, park amenities, beautification projects and neighborhood clean-ups.  Many neighborhood associations have summer picnics, holiday parties and other special events in order to have fun as well as to keep the lines of communication open with their neighbors.

Recognized neighborhood associations give citizens a voice and an advocate.  Neighborhood associations greatly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents.  Your neighborhood will have a clear, organized way to speak to city government so that your voice will be heard by elected officials and city departments.  You will be put in touch with people who live near you and share the fondness and frustrations of your area.

Organizing also opens the door to increased communications with city government.  Neighborhood association leaders receive weekly e-mailings of what City Council is working on and what other city neighborhood associations’ priorities and plans are.  This increased communication can be a resource for upcoming meetings or other community opportunities.

Once the residents of your area form an association and are recognized by City Council, your neighborhood may participate at a variety of levels.  Through a collaborative effort, our city becomes more economically efficient and citizens have an increased interest and trust in government.

The Sunset Neighborhood Association board is meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Lowell School Library.  All are welcome to attend.  Please feel free to come and let us know how we can make our great neighborhood even better!

Sunset Neighborhood Association Meeting Notes, June 11, 2015

July 4, 2015 in Association Meetings

Shane Lowe, president, welcomed the small group to the meeting (at our new meeting spot);and introduced Ronnie Marler, Westbench Association president.  The two men spent a short time sharing own-area experiences.

Old Business:
The Garden, on 36th St.

Webpage:  input from Rick Castle; webpage name, sunsetneighborhoodboise.com.  Rick will look into setting up a subset page on Facebook for group.

Nextdoor.com continues to be a huge asset, a great place for communicating upcoming and future news.

Scheduled Event:

National Night Out, August 4, 5:30- 8 pm; the hope is to have lots of attendance and participation at Sunset Park.  Shane has invited council people and the mayor; will be setting up booths; need designated people to escort and show guests around the park; introducing them to others.  Please let Shane know; this is important.

Freer Organics:  a local business; starting composting canine waste at the trailheads, as well as other business.

SNA Sign Post Designators:  the city will give grant money for artist and his/her design on chosen signs.

New Business:

Neighborhood Plan:  go on ACHD’s and The Planning and Zoning Board’s webpages and see what the future plans are for our area; and Boise in general.  With this knowledge, you can attend their meetings when/where they’re making the decisions.  You can also scan  cityofboise.org/planning/comp/blueprint-boise page.

Memorial walk/fountain:  at Camel’s Back park, Bodybuilding.com donated the equipment and necessary maintenance. Shane would like to see one in Sunset; need sponsor(s); the YMCA funded Safe Routes to School, for school children, safer walking streets.

Lowell Pool: this is its last year as has been determined to be unsafe; and will be demolished; future spot has not been chosen; close to Sunset Park would be advantageous.

Roadway Maintenance:  collector roadways, traffic calming devices, crosswalks, etc.  ACHD is the webpage to learn information about this area.  If you want your alleyway paved, call them at 387-6321.

  • Next Meeting will be (the third Thursday, as Shane is unavailable for the second), September 17, 2015

Sunset Neighborhood Association Meeting, March 19, 2015

July 4, 2015 in Association Meetings

Shane Lowe, president, welcomed the small group of us to the meeting;

Reflection/History:  a little about its history

Old Business:
Our neighborhood garden, located at the Christian Retirement Center on 36th St, a good place to volunteer your time.

Directions for applying for grants, for new sidewalks, i.e.

Nextdoor.com, the social media group that’s growing every day,  a great forum for reaching neighbors, and learning about up-to-date information, such as burglaries, dogs missing. As heard in the news’ reports recently, the Valley is becoming more dangerous, with the need of citizens to be more vigilant and alert.

Events yet to schedule:
1.  National Night Out-in August
2.  Neighborhood Yard Sale
3.  Poop pickup (On one morning, Shane participated in one, helping the city keep the area, including Sunset Park, clean).

Next Scheduled Meetings (all Thursday nights) are:
June 11, September 17, and December 10.

Committee Updates:
SNA saving account balance of $330.

New Business:
Suggestion boxes, placed around the neighborhood.

Local Neighborhood Businesses:
36th Bistro
Red Betty’s Hair House
Boise Naturopath
Nail Salon
North End Grooming
Freer Organics, co-owner Autumn Freer
Kam Photography
Dog walking business
Music lessons and music entertainers

Recycling (Freer Organics):  the business, using an organic recycling process, recycles all
food wastes; uses enzymes to spray to kill toxic mold in crawl spaces; and some other related

Neighborhood Sign Post Designators

  • Next meeting will be June 11, 2015

Sunset Neighborhood Association Meeting June 14, 2012

June 22, 2012 in Association Meetings

Thanks to Louis and Sandra Nadelson, Jason and John (plus Rick and I) for attending the June 14th Sunset Neighborhood meeting.
Items thought worthy and discussed among us:
1) A neighborhood party will be scheduled (after learning options from Boise City Rec) on either the Friday night of the 2nd or 3rd week of September
2) Talking to Parks & Rec about installing a bulletin board in 32rd Park
3) The process with ACHD to put in traffic-calming devices to slow traffic on 32nd and Taft Streets
4) Set annual neighborhood yard sale on 2nd week of June starting in 2013
5) Affect of 30th Street extension
6) Retail neighbors: Flash, Golden Bees; Big Hands Construction


April 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

There is a new tool available to help keep all of us in touch.  It is called Nextdoor.com.  It is where we can communicate about what is going on in the neighborhood.

To join, go to Nextdoor.Com and sign up.  You will be asked to verify your address to make sure you live in the neighborhood.  A Sunset Neighborhood page is set up and once you are signed up, you will be taken to that page.

This is a valuable addition to keeping in touch with our neighbors!  Sign up today.

2011 Association Meetings Summary

December 12, 2011 in Board of Directors

The last of our 2011 meetings concluded on Thursday, December 6th from 6pm to 7:30 pm at the 36th Street Bistro meeting room.  We had an influx of new neighbors this meeting and want to thank everyone who showed up to share their interests and get to know others in our neighborhood. Everyone introduced themselves and discussed their interests.  The collective interests of the group are summarized as follows:

  • planning and zoning issues, smart growth, pedestrian safety, bike routes, bike safety, and how the 30th street extension will be affecting our neighborhood traffic patterns
  • dogs – off leash, park use, etc.
  • community gardens,  local food
  • watershed issues
  • disaster preparedness, self sufficiency, energy alternatives

The new Agricultural Guidelines were briefly reviewed and will be posted to the Sunset Gardeners section of the forums

This new version of the Sunset Neighborhood Association was designed to foster communication through forums about these issues.


Our Election meeting was held on Thursday, September 8 2011 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the 36th Street Bistro meeting room.  As we did not have a minimum of 25 neighbors present, the board has remained as is with Sherilyn Orr as president, Shane Lowe as Vice President, and Cindy Fusselmann as treasurer. 


Our Summer meeting was held Thursday June 9th at the 36th Street Bistro meeting room.  We reviewed Sunset Community Garden efforts and Sunset Park's test situation for off leash dog hours, which are currently set daily from dawn to 10am.  The trial period is expected to extend trhough at least April of 2012.


Our Spring meeting held Thursday March 10 2011 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the 36th Street Bistro meeting room. We discussed a doggie doo cleanup morning for Sunset Park that was planned for April, and quite a few neighbors attended to make that event a success. We also discussed Block Party Plans, several neighbors mentioned interest in block parties.  The process of contacting ACHD to request permission to close the street was discussed. 

Welcome to the New Sunset Neighborhood Association Website

September 27, 2011 in General Topics

The website is now open and available for our neighbors.  Please feel free to register and take a look around.

There are several interest groups already set up and ready for your input:

  1. Sunset Dog Owners
  2. Sunset Gardeners
  3. Disaster Prep
  4. Transportation

If there are any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to comment.