A public hearing about the proposed Linder Village was delayed for a second time at the Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission’s Sept. 7 meeting.

DMG Real Estate Partners owner David McKinney, the developer and co-applicant, asked for a continuance to give his team more time to answer city staff’s questions. The commission agreed to move the public hearing to Oct. 19.

WinCo Foods is slated to be an anchor tenant at Linder Village. The proposed 81-acre complex has 14 commercial building lots in the first phase and room for medium-density housing in the future.

WinCo Foods gained city approval last year to build a new grocery store at 2600 E. Overland Road, near the Eagle Road and Interstate 84 interchange. Construction hasn’t started yet, but Meridian Planning Supervisor Bill Parsons told the Meridian Press last month that the store is still a go.

A WinCo spokesman said the company can’t comment on the store at this point, but information might be available in a month or two.

Costco Wholesale also showed interested in Linder Village in the past, but Costco announced this summer that it plans to build a store a mile west of there at Ten Mile Road and Chinden Boulevard, pending city approval.

The Linder Village application requests that the Meridian City Council:

  • Amend 62 acres of the future land use map from mixed use-community to mixed-use regional, which allows for larger retail stores.
  • Annex and zone 81 acres from rural-urban transition zoning in Ada County to general commercial zoning and medium-density residential zoning (up to eight units per acre) in the city. The residential portion is 19 acres.
  • Approve a preliminary plat for 14 commercial building lots.

A petition against Linder Village is circulating on change.org called “Don’t Rezone the SE Corner of Linder/Chinden in Meridian, ID.” More than 440 people had signed it as of Sept. 12.

The Paramount subdivision borders the Linder Village site to the south.

The petitioners’ concerns include traffic congestion, safety on neighborhood streets, property values and noise impacts to homeowners.

Chinden Boulevard is meant to be an expressway to move traffic quickly, according to the petition organizers.

“The developers propose adding a new traffic light at Bergman (Way) and Chinden, violating the half-mile standard and setting a precedent that will make Chinden worse, not better,” the petition website reads.

The petitioners are also concerned about the city changing its comprehensive plan.

“We believe the current plan is a good one that supports this goal and many of us made our home buying decisions based on it,” according to the petition site. “What value is such a plan if it can be altered as drastically as the developers are asking?”

The Linder Village application will need final approval from the Meridian City Council.

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