Boise residents can be proud to live in one of America’s most successful cities. But our community’s quality of life has attracted new residents and investment. As we grow, we must ensure that we can retain our livability.
Recently, the City of Boise hosted a series of broad community conversations on growth. These conversations helped the city:
- Gain a deeper understanding of residents’ thoughts and priorities on growth and engage in a conversation about its benefits and challenges
- Provide context around the city’s comprehensive plan for managing growth, Blueprint Boise
- Define a path forward that continues to protect those things that make Boise so special
Four major themes from the workshops were housing affordability, transportation, cultural and environmental preservation and governance. To explore these issues more deeply, Mayor Bieter is inviting both participants in the first workshops and any other Boise residents who want to join this conversation to sign up for the second round of Community Conversations on Growth.
Community Conversation Workshops: Series 2
This series of Community Conversations will explore in greater depth the four major themes that emerged from the first series of conversations and will present specific growth scenarios so that participants can play a first-hand role in tackling the issues Boise is facing. Workshops are open to all Boise residents and each session will include the same material, so you only need to sign up for one. Registration is required.
Community Conversation | Series Two, Session One
Saturday, August 25
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702
Community Conversation | Series Two, Session Two
Tuesday, August 28
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Avenue, Boise, ID 83702
Community Conversation Workshops: Series 1 Findings
Dr. Jen Schneider has prepared a formal report of findings from the in-person and online community conversations that took place in June. This report will be used by the Mayor and City Council to help guide how growth is managed in the future and and to update Blueprint Boise, the city's comprehensive plan.
If you are interested in the notes and feedback from the in person sessions, they are available here.
Boise has experienced periods of growth in the past. The city’s current rate of growth is less than it was in the 1970s and 1990s. The Treasure Valley has grown 278% since the 1970s, but much of that growth is outside of Boise. In fact, 82% of growth since 2000 has occurred outside of city limits.
Blueprint Boise - The City's Plan
Planning for growth is why the city created Blueprint Boise, the city’s comprehensive plan. Blueprint Boise is a roadmap for sustainable growth that was developed over a four-year period with extensive citizen input. Adopted by the City Council in 2011, the plan is reviewed annually.
Blueprint Boise is intended to ensure that as we grow we are protecting the things that make Boise so special and that new growth fits our values and maintains our high livability.
COMPASS projects that the Treasure Valley will grow by ~350,000 residents and ~220,000 jobs by 2040
The City of Boise will absorb only 20% of the population growth (50,000 residents), while attracting 42% of the jobs (92,000 jobs).
Public Notification Advisory Group
The city is in the process of convening an advisory group made up of city council members, neighborhood association leaders, community members and representatives from the development and architectural design communities. This group will seek to make specific recommendations regarding how the city notifies the public about proposed projects.
Advisory committee goals:
- Develop new project signage that is more eye-catching, readable and easy to understand, as well as appropriate for the scope of the project
- Explore ways to broaden the geographies and stakeholder groups that are notified about projects
- Expand methods for notifying stakeholders and the public about the public process milestones for projects, including meetings where public comment is taken
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