Athol October 4-6, 2016
Idaho chapter of the American Planning Association. http://idahoapa.org President Sabrina Minshall firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Planning Association’s “Community Planning Assistance Teams” program. Go to https://www.planning.org/communityassistance/teams/.
Web-based visioning and community engagement tools are available to brainstorm ideas, discuss issues, and build consensus in a simple online forum. Examples include: vBulletin, MindMixer, BangTheTable, and http://www.freeforums.org/.
The Municipal Research and Services Center provides articles, examples, and best practices related to community visioning. Go to http://mrsc.org/Home/Explore-Topics/Governance/Community-Strategic-Planning-and-Visioning/Creating-a-Community-Vision.aspx.
The Orton Family Foundation shares information, best practices, and tools on citizen-driven planning and public participation in rural communities. Stewarding the Future of Our Communities: Case Studies in Sustaining Community Engagement and Planning in America’s Small Cities and Towns for instance at http://www.orton.org/.
Givens Pursley Law Firm in Boise has published Land Use Handbook: The Law of Planning, Zoning, and Property Rights in Idaho, and other handbooks of interest to Idaho communities. This explains comprehensive plans and related requirements. Free download at: http://www.givenspursley.com/publications.
U of I Extension – Kootenai County http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/county/kootenai. Contact Lindy Harwood at email@example.com.
U of I Bioregional Planning program. Call the department at 208-364-4595, http://www.uidaho.edu/caa/programs/biop/what-we-do.
A nice example of a comprehensive plan is City of Greenleaf, Idaho in Canyon County. It completed its award-winning comprehensive plan in 2006. Go to http://www.greenleaf-idaho.us/Res108CompPlan.pdf.
USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program used to assess the feasibility of new uses for the Highway 54 / Old 95 corridors. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants.
Association of Idaho Cities has created model zoning and subdivision ordinances that Idaho communities can adapt for use as well as several planning and zoning-related training videos online at https://membersidahocities.site-ym.com/?page=PandZ.
Smart Towns: A Guide to Growth Management for Idaho City and County Officials is available through Association of Idaho Cities.
Western Planner magazine hosts an annual conference. Their site is www.westernplanner.org.
The Successful Communities On-line Toolkit is a searchable database of community design and planning best practices from across the West. Go to www.scotie.org/.
Panhandle Area Council, Inc. provides loan and business counseling services. Comprehensive Planning services are offered as well as business counseling, commercial loans, Industrial revenue bonds, environmental reviews, grand Administration management, and public transport. It is headquartered in Hayden, ID. Go to http://www.pacni.org/. Visiting Team member Nancy Mabile is head of economic development. Call 208-772-0584, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federal Highway Administration, Idaho Transportation Department, and Local Highway Technical Assistance Council typically can provide information and assistance regarding corridor planning, safety audits, and road diets. Go to http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/.
New Mobility West provides free community engagement for corridor planning in addition to other services, and works with Idaho Smart Growth. Go to http://newmobilitywest.org.
Idaho Smart Growth offers services in community engagement and works with Community Builders for road corridor planning. Go to http://www.idahosmartgrowth.org/. Contact Visiting Team member Deanna Smith, 208-333-8066, email@example.com.
Nez Perce/Lapwai June 12-14, 2012
- For examples of Idaho communities that do a good job of explaining planning and zoning processes and providing applications on-line, see the following.
- The Ute Indian Tribe and surrounding county and state agencies in Utah have successfully collaborated and joined in memorandums of understanding and cooperative agreements on a variety of issues and services, resolving jurisdictional questions in the process. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 435.722.5141.
- The Swinomish Tribe and Skagit County in northwest Washington have successfully used memoranda of understanding to create a cooperative land use program that provides a framework for conducting permitting activities within the boundaries of the “checkerboarded” reservation and establishes a forum for resolving any conflicts that might arise. Since 1996, both governments have followed a common Comprehensive Land Use Plan and used similar procedures to administer it, exemplifying a mutually beneficial government-to-government relationship. Swinomish Tribe Planning and Community Development: 360.466.7280; Skagit County Planning and Development Services: 360.336.9410.
- Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have agreed to a process to accept, establish primacy and review development applications on the Colville Reservation. Go to http://okanogancounty.org/planning/tribalinfo.htm.
- The Bureau of Indian Affairs Land Consolidation Program. Go to: http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/BIA/ILCA/index.htm.
- Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association. Go to http://idahoapa.org/. Daren Fluke, President, email@example.com, 208.869.3903.
- The Orton Family Foundation shares information, best practices, and tools on citizen-driven planning and public participation in rural communities. Stewarding the Future of Communities: Case Studies in Sustaining Community Engagement and Planning in America’s Small Cities and Towns is one recent publication available at http://www.orton.org/resources/stewardship_study.
- Givens Pursley Law Firm in Boise has published its Land Use Handbook: The Law of Planning, Zoning, and Property Rights in Idaho. This handbook provides a complete and readable explanation of comprehensive plans and related requirements found in the Local Land Use Planning Act. To download for free, go to http://www.givenspursley.com/Publications.aspx.
- Building Sustainable Communities Initiative at the University of Idaho is a resource potentially available to assist with a range of planning initiatives. Go to http://www.bioregionalplanning.uidaho.edu/, firstname.lastname@example.org, 208.885.7448.
- Smart Land-Use Analysis – The LUCIS Model is a book by Margaret Carr and David Zwick. Go to http://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&websiteID=115&moduleID=0.
- The Association of Idaho Cities has created model zoning and subdivision ordinances that Idaho communities can adapt for use as well as several on-line planning and zoning-related training videos. Go to http://www.idahocities.org/MediaCenter.aspx?CID=Planning-and-Zoning-7.
- The Successful Communities On-Line Toolkit is a searchable database of community design and planning best practices from across the West. It is a project of the Sonoran Institute. 602.393.4310.
- Idaho Housing and Finance Association can provide advice and assistance regarding the completion of a housing needs assessment and other housing-related topics. Erik Kingston, email@example.com, 208.331.4706.
- Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Planning and Zoning. Go to http://www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/cdd/planning.asp.
- Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe - Tribal Code Title 29 Building and Development. Go to http://www.jamestowntribe.org/govdocs/Tribal_Code/Title_29_Building_Development%206-7-12.pdf.
- Tulalip Tribes Land Use Planning, Permitting and Code Compliance. Go to http://www.tulaliptribes.nsn.gov/Home/Government/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/PlanningandPermitting.aspx.
- Indigenous Planning and Tribal Community Development Network. Go to http://www.plannersnetwork.org/publications/2000_139/jojola.htm.
- Here is an example of a joint zoning and land use agreement between the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and Isabella County in Michigan: http://www.sagchip.org/council/events/2010/StateTaxMOA/CountyZoningAgreement.pdf.
- The Idaho Main Street Program was under development at the time this report was written. Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/news/2012/06/main-street-program-launches-throughout-idaho.aspx for a news release about the program. Gloria Mabbutt, Idaho Department of Commerce, Gloria.Mabbutt@commerce.idaho.gov, 208.334.2470.
- Organizing a Successful Downtown Revitalization Program Using the Main Street Approach is a book available through the Washington Department of Trade and Economic Development. Go to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/_cted/documents/ID_160_Publications.pdf.
- Western Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Go to www.PreservationNation.org. Sheri Freemuth, Program Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 208.891.4121.
- Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public places that build stronger communities. Go to http://www.pps.org.
- Operation Facelift is a successful multi-community façade renovation project initiated by the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization. Go to www.southernidaho.org, 208.324.7408.
- Known for its “Tree City USA” program, the Arbor Day Foundation provides a wealth of information about the proper use and maintenance of trees along streets and other public settings. Seventy Idaho communities are designated as “Tree Cities”. Go to http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm.
- Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an interagency collaboration involving the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They provide information on federal programs and grants available to communities for projects that support livability principles. Go to http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/grants.html. Information, funding, and additional resources specifically for rural communities are found here: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/pdf/federal_resources_rural.pdf.
- Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance program helps to facilitate local solutions to local issues and concerns, so that participating communities are able to grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. Go to http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2012/09/24/smart-growth-america-now-accepting-applications-for-2012-free-technical-assistance-workshops/.
- Main Street...When a Highway Runs Through It: A Handbook for Oregon Communities. Go to http://www.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/bikeped/docs/mainstreethandbook.pdf.
Glenns Ferry March 6-8, 2012
- Idaho Chapter of American Planning Association. Daren Fluke, President, 208-869-3903, email@example.com.
- American Planning Association’s “Community Planning Assistance Teams” program. Go to http://www.planning.org/communityassistance/teams/.
- Web-based visioning and community engagement tools are available to brainstorm ideas, discuss issues, and build consensus. They allow citizens to participate in a confidential, simple on-line forum. Examples include vBulletin, MindMixer, BangTheTable, and FreeForum.org.
- The Orton Family Foundation shares information, best practices, and tools on citizen-driven planning and public participation in rural communities. Stewarding the Future of Our Communities: Case Studies in Sustaining Community Engagement and Planning in America’s Small Cities and Towns is one recent publication. Go to http://www.orton.org/resources/stewardship_study.
The City of Greenleaf, Idaho in Canyon County completed its award-winning comprehensive plan in 2006. Go to http://www.greenleaf-idaho.us/Res108CompPlan.pdf.
- USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program could be used to assess the feasibility of new uses for the city-owned north interstate property and/or to plan and design public improvements needed to make the site more attractive for recreational use. It could also be used for planning and analysis related to urban renewal. Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html. Shannon Madsen, 208-459-0761 ext. 117, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Idaho Department of Commerce Idaho Gem Grant Program funds can be used to match funds from the USDA RBEG grant or to construct small infrastructure improvements needed to fund improvements that make properties more attractive to new business. They can also be used for purposes related to urban renewal. Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-assistance/idaho-gem-grants/. Jerry Miller PCED, 208-334-2650 ext 2143, email@example.com.
- Clay Peak Motorcycle Park is a Payette County-owned motor sports park. The County received help from USDA RBEG and Idaho Department of Commerce Idaho Gem Grant programs to help with its planning. Go to http://www.claypeak.com/index.html. Allen Scarborough, 208-642-6036, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lincoln Land Institute’s and APA’s program called “Industrial Lands Debate: Protect or Reuse?” is a 90-minute webinar on CD-ROM that gives more urban examples and specific industrial corporation examples of planning for the protection of existing industrial lands or reuse to other purposes. Available through the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association or from Gem County (208-365-5144).
- “Methods for Evaluating Commercial and Industrial Land Sufficiency: A Recommendation for Oregon Communities” outlines how Oregon communities can provide a sufficient supply of commercial and industrial land for desired economic growth and development. For a free copy, go to http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/publications/Methods_for_Evaluating_Commercial_and_Industrial_Land_Sufficiency.pdf?ga=t.
- American Wind Energy Association. Go to www.awea.org
- Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources. Go to http://www.energy.idaho.gov/renewableenergy/.
- Contact other communities and planning departments in areas where a lot of wind farms have been developed to see their pros and cons. Dayton, WA is a small agricultural community that has done a lot of thinking about wind energy planning.
- Gem State Prospector is a website that lists Idaho properties available for industrial and commercial development. There is no charge for posting listings on the site. Go to http://gemstateprospector.com/. Jerry Miller, 208- 334-2650 ext 2143, email@example.com.
- The Association of Idaho Cities has also created model zoning and subdivision ordinances that Idaho communities can adapt for use as well as several planning and zoning-related training videos available on-line. Go to http://www.idahocities.org/MediaCenter.aspx?CID=Planning-and-Zoning-7.
- Smart Towns: A Guide to Growth Management for Idaho City and County Officials” is also available in printed and DVD form through the Association of Idaho Cities. Go to http://www.idahocities.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/192 for a copy. 208-344-8594.
- Western Planner Resources publishes the “Western Planner” magazine and hosts an annual conference. Articles and resources focus on rural communities in the west. This year’s conference is August 7-10, 2012 in Billings, MT. Go to www.westernplanner.org.
- The Successful Communities On-line Toolkit is a searchable database of community design and planning best practices from across the west. It is a project of the Sonoran Institute. Go to http://scotie.sonoraninstitute.org/. 602-393-4310.
- Zoning Practice, a monthly publication of the American Planning Association, provides useable information about current trends in zoning and subdivision codes. Go to http://www.planning.org/zoningpractice/.
- Planning Commissioners Journal (publication) and Planners Web (website) are excellent resources related to all aspects of planning and zoning administration. Go to http://pcj.typepad.com/.
- For examples of Idaho communities that do a good job explaining planning and zoning processes and providing applications on-line, see the following:
- McCall (http://www.mccall.id.us/departments/community-development/planning-and-zoning-2.html)
- Coeur d’Alene (http://www.cdaid.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=481)
- Jerome (http://www.ci.jerome.id.us/city-government/planning-and-zoning.html)