Clearwater Analytics co-founder gets slammed by neighbors for building runway on farm in Idaho

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Michael Boren, co-founder of Clearwater Analytics, has become embroiled in a dispute with his neighbors after allegedly building an airstrip on his Idaho farm without permission.

Michael Boren, co-founder of Clearwater Analytics, has become embroiled in a dispute with his neighbors after allegedly building an airstrip on his Idaho farm without permission.

The co-founder of a billion dollar software company has become embroiled in a dispute with his neighbors after allegedly building an airstrip on his farm in Idaho without permission.

Michael Boren, co-founder of Clearwater Analytics, officially applied for a permit from Custer County Planning and Zoning last month, asking them to recognize a runway and hangar that appears to have already been built on its sprawling Hell Roaring Ranch.

Boren’s ranch is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area – a 756,000-acre space filled with beautiful lakes, mountain ranges, and hiking trails.

Individuals owning land within the boundaries of the National Recreation Area are subject to strict building and development guidelines established in 1972 to maintain its ‘pastoral character’.

Neighbors claim that Boren ignored those guidelines by building the runway and hangar. They fear it could set a dangerous precedent for other wealthy landowners who recently swooped in to conquer nearby scenic land.

Photos published on a local construction website claim they are showing Boren’s new hangar which was completed in January this year. It reportedly took 30 weeks to build and cost a total of $ 1.1 million.

“The problem is that you are looking for a conditional use permit when the project has already been developed without the consent of Planning and Zoning,” said an angry neighbor. The Idaho statesman.

Another local said sternly, “The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is the heart of Idaho, not a plaything for the rich and powerful.”

An aerial view showing the outline of Boren's sprawling Hell Roaring Ranch.  It is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

An aerial view showing the outline of Boren's sprawling Hell Roaring Ranch.  It is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

An aerial view showing the outline of Boren’s sprawling Hell Roaring Ranch. It is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

An image of Boren's proposal, submitted last month to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee

An image of Boren's proposal, submitted last month to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee

An image of Boren’s proposal, submitted last month to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee

Boren's ranch is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area - a 756,000 acre space filled with beautiful lakes, mountain ranges and hiking trails

Boren's ranch is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area - a 756,000 acre space filled with beautiful lakes, mountain ranges and hiking trails

Boren’s ranch is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area – a 756,000 acre space filled with beautiful lakes, mountain ranges and hiking trails

Individuals owning land within the boundaries of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are subject to strict building and development guidelines established in 1972 to maintain its 'pastoral character'

Individuals owning land within the boundaries of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are subject to strict building and development guidelines established in 1972 to maintain its 'pastoral character'

Individuals owning land within the boundaries of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are subject to strict building and development guidelines established in 1972 to maintain its ‘pastoral character’

In Boren’s application, submitted to the Planning and Zoning Committee, he states that he owns a number of separate farms in the area and that “ small aircraft are an integral part of the ranch’s management plan. ”

He admits he already has a “grassy area that is occasionally used as a runway” on the ranch, and insists that building a proper runway would not increase air traffic.

Drilling claims that flights currently fly less than a handful of times a week from his Hell Roaring Ranch.

His neighbors dispute that claim, saying they regularly spot his red helicopter overhead. Some say there are several flights a day.

On Facebook, a local is urging friends and neighbors to disclose their opposition to the runway to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee.

‘Several aircraft have been observed using the strip for take-off, landing and parking, consisting of fixed wings and helicopters. Since the development of the runway, there have been many low-level flights with Michael Boren’s red helicopter above houses … This is an ongoing nuisance and a security risk over private property, ‘they wrote.

This runway would be for the use of a private home only, but would have a major impact on the surrounding homes, wildlife, and recreationists enjoying the solitude of Idaho’s crown jewel … A proposal so important, must be carefully planned and plenty of time for public input. Please pass this information on, let’s prevent a homeowner with deep pockets from having an irreversible and negative impact on so many people. ‘

On Facebook, a local is urging friends and neighbors to disclose their opposition to the runway to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee.  They shared this photo that allegedly showed Boren's red helicopter flying over the area

On Facebook, a local is urging friends and neighbors to disclose their opposition to the runway to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee.  They shared this photo that allegedly showed Boren's red helicopter flying over the area

On Facebook, a local is urging friends and neighbors to disclose their opposition to the runway to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee. They shared this photo that allegedly showed Boren’s red helicopter flying over the area

Boren co-founded Clearwater Analytics in 2004.  The software company now has nearly 1,000 employees and is estimated to be worth about a billion dollars.

Boren co-founded Clearwater Analytics in 2004.  The software company now has nearly 1,000 employees and is estimated to be worth about a billion dollars.

Boren co-founded Clearwater Analytics in 2004. The software company now has nearly 1,000 employees and is estimated to be worth about a billion dollars.

Boren co-founded Clearwater Analytics with his brother David in 2004.

The software company – which is based in Boise – now has nearly 1,000 employees. Clearwater “collects, reconciles, and reports on more than $ 5.5 trillion in assets in thousands of accounts daily,” and the company is reportedly valued at approximately $ 1 billion.

David Boren – a graduate of Harvard Business School – has also conquered land in Idaho.

In 2016, he purchased the 1,781 acre Sawtooth Mountain Ranch. But, like his brother, he was accused of upset neighbors with his aerial activities.

Officials had approved a hiking trail from the town of Stanley to Redfish Lake that cut through part of David Boren’s land.

David and Michael Boren are depicted.  David Boren has also been accused of angering neighbors with his aerial activities

David and Michael Boren are depicted.  David Boren has also been accused of angering neighbors with his aerial activities

David and Michael Boren are depicted. David Boren has also been accused of angering neighbors with his aerial activities

Officials had approved a hiking trail from the town of Stanley to Redfish Lake that cut through David Boren's Sawtooth Mountain Ranch.  He strongly opposed the path's construction and filed a federal lawsuit to stop it.  He was later charged with harassing workers by flying low over them with his helicopter

Officials had approved a hiking trail from the town of Stanley to Redfish Lake that cut through David Boren's Sawtooth Mountain Ranch.  He strongly opposed the path's construction and filed a federal lawsuit to stop it.  He was later charged with harassing workers by flying low over them with his helicopter

Officials had approved a hiking trail from the town of Stanley to Redfish Lake that cut through David Boren’s Sawtooth Mountain Ranch. He strongly opposed the path’s construction and filed a federal lawsuit to stop it. He was later charged with harassing workers by flying low over them with his helicopter

He strongly opposed the path’s construction and filed a federal lawsuit to stop it. He was later charged with harassing workers by flying low over them with his helicopter.

Tensions between longtime locals and made-up businessman pouring into the area have increased in recent years.

According to The Idaho Statesman, real estate demand in the town of Stanley, near Sawtooth National Recreon Area, is “ on the rise, ” with “ big new luxury homes. ”

“ The whole character of the city changed when the super rich came in and picked up all the property, ” Stanely mayor Steve Botti recently told the publication, complaining that modest log cabins have been replaced by “ statement houses. ”

According to The Idaho Statesman, real estate demand in the town of Stanley, near Sawtooth National Recreon Area, is “ on the rise, ” with “ big new luxury homes. ” Sawtooth is shown