Council members voted 3-2 to defer the decision on what to do with the land in East Boise for 60 days.
The development plan for the Ben's Crow Inn site has faced heavy criticism from neighbors, who strongly voiced their displeasure at the meeting at City Hall.
There's been a lot of discussion about what should be done once the east Boise bar and restaurant closes. The current owners want to retire and they put Ben's Crow Inn up for sale last year.
They failed to get any offers to keep a bar or restaurant on site, but a residential developer bought it.
Jim Conger plans to construct 24 homes on about four acres off Warm Springs Avenue. Council members heard a presentation outlining those plans Tuesday night.
But many neighbors expressed their concerns about Greenbelt access if the subdivision is approved. Others told the council they want continued commercial use at the Ben's Crow Inn site, not new homes.