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.
We invite all Boise residents to participate in one of two moderated community workshops this month as part of the City of Boise’s broad community conversation on growth. These workshops will help 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
Facilitated by Dr. Jen Schneider, professor of public policy and administration in Boise State University’s School of Public Service, the workshops will be modeled on the World Cafe method for hosting large group dialogue. Participants will be randomly assigned to tables, hosted by facilitators who will guide conversations around themes related to growth. Tables will report out periodically to the larger group, and feedback generated by participants will be aggregated and shared with the city.
Thank you for your interest. At this time, registration is full for each session. We are exploring adding an additional workshop opportunity that will be announced in the coming days. To be notified of this additional workshop, please place your name on the waitlist.
A limited number of seats are available for each evening (approximately 100 seats), so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If both sessions are full, a waiting list is available at the link above. Additional sessions may be created, if needed.
Light refreshments and free onsite parking will be provided at both events.
Your input in this effort is invaluable. Managing our city’s success in a way that enhances and protects the things that make our city so special is what we focus on every day – it’s what making Boise the most livable city in the country is all about.
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