Fruitland City Council to consider academy’s appeal Monday

The Fruitland City Council will decide Monday on a zoning permit appeal that would allow Treasure Valley Classical Academy to construct a new campus in the downtown area.

Without the city’s support for expansion, the school’s commitment to offer a full high school could be in jeopardy and possibly disrupt about 300 students. The school was authorized to operate as a K-12 school and serve 702 students by 2025.

The school needs more classroom space to continue its planned expansion. It currently serves up to 10th grade at its one main campus.

In June, the city’s planning and zoning commission denied the school’s request for a conditional use permit to build a new middle and high school, called the TVCA Upper Campus. 

The estimated $7.5 million campus is planned for 8.62 acres at the corner of North Arizona Avenue and Northwest 13th Street, southeast of St. Luke’s Clinic. The permit will allow a school campus in an area already zoned commercial.

The Upper Campus would serve grades 7-12 and include three new academic buildings, a gym and cafeteria, a bus parking cul-de-sac, a 150-vehicle parking lot and a soccer field.

In its denial, the planning commission cited traffic issues, written and public testimony received, project costs and impact to the area. Since that planning and zoning meeting, attorneys for the school and city have discussed possible solutions and remediation measures.

The Monday, July 10, meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall in Fruitland.

Darren Svan

Darren Svan

Reporter Darren Svan has a background in both journalism and education. Prior to working for military schools at overseas installations, he was news editor at several publications in Wyoming and Colorado. You can send news tips to [email protected].

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