Emmett Schools hold first ever Walk to School Day events

Students in Emmett turned out in large numbers to participate in Walk to School Day.

Students in Emmett turned out in large numbers to participate in Walk to School Day.

Emmett schools held very successful Walk to School Day events. The day started off with almost 75 students and many staff members from Emmett Middle School walking from two predesignated sites. They were met by Idaho Senator Steven Thayn, Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie, the school principal and Elaine Clegg of Idaho Smart Growth. The kids were very excited to receive giveaways for participating such as bike lights and other items that promote walking and biking safety.

Almost all of the approximately 300 students at Kenneth J. Carberry Elementary School joined the Walk to School Day celebration! Parents were asked to drop their kids off a quarter of a mile away from school; buses also delivered children to the same site. Mayor Petrie (who walked almost 1.5 million steps in the month of October to win the High Five! Mayor’s School Walking Challenge), police officers, lots of parents, and Elaine Clegg joined the students on their walk. Also participating was a Carberry staff member who leads a walking school bus home from school; 25-50 students regularly participate in this activity.

This was the first time these Emmett schools participated in a Walk/Bike to School Day event. Idaho Smart Growth, school representatives and Mayor Petrie assessed walking and biking conditions at both schools during the Walk to School Day events. The schools are now working with the City to make improvements.

Forty-one schools throughout the state registered to hold events. Participating communities included American Falls, Ammon, Boise, Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Eagle, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls, Iona, Kootenai, Kuna, Meridian, Moscow, Nampa, Sandpoint and Twin Falls. Last year there were 38 Walk to School Day events in Idaho.

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. They also build connections between families, schools and the broader community. Learn more here.

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Idaho Smart Growth Announces 2017 Grow Smart Awards

2017 Grow Smart Awards Celebration

The Owyhee, 1109 Main St., Boise

Thursday, Nov. 16; 5-7:30pm

Tickets available here. Table sponsorships are also available; contact Deanna@idahosmartgrowth.org.

Idaho Smart Growth announces the recipients of the 2017 Grow Smart Awards, to be honored at its annual awards celebration on Thursday, November 16, at the Owyhee in Boise. The evening event includes a reception and presentation of this year’s awards, and will feature a talk by Mike Brown, co-founder of Local Construct, responsible for the Owyhee, Watercooler and Fowler mixed-use developments in downtown Boise. The public is invited; tickets are available here.

Smart growth strategies help growing communities bring positive social, environmental and economic benefits to all residents, visitors and local businesses.  For the past thirteen years Idaho Smart Growth has presented the Grow Smart Awards to recognize projects from around the state that are excellent examples of smart growth “in action.” Award nominations are reviewed and selected by a jury of experts for their application of smart growth principles.

This year’s awards range from a complete street renovation in a tiny town in the Teton Valley to a major redevelopment in Idaho’s biggest downtown.  All share a commitment to increasing public vitality through a mix of land uses, attractive and walkable neighborhoods and building a strong sense of place. The 2017 Charles Hummel Award recipient also will be honored at the event.

2017 Award Recipients:

Boise Transportation Action Plan
The city of Boise created the TAP as a “road map” to an active, multimodal transportation system. It serves as a visionary guide for the city’s strategic objectives and priorities for transportation and development planning and engagement. More than anything, the TAP is a tool to educate leaders, businesses and citizens about a transportation system that helps create great places.

The Afton
The first multifamily housing project in Boise’s Cultural District, Phase 1 of the Afton is a six-story mixed-use building that includes 27 condominiums, internal parking and 4,000 square feet of retail. The project replaced empty warehouses and parking lots with downtown living that is within easy walking distance to a variety of shopping, recreation and cultural destinations. 

West Little Avenue Complete Street
Driggs is a small town and county seat in Teton County that for years has been dealing with growth pressure from nearby Jackson Hole. This project is a complete-streets renovation that packs a lot of transportation, economic, environmental and aesthetic improvements into its two-block length. The work featured much community involvement that informed a wide range of design decisions including sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping, pedestrian amenities, parking, public art, civic space, signage and green stormwater treatment.

City Center Plaza
The City Center Plaza is a 10-story mixed-use building that filled in the last undeveloped parcel in the Grove Plaza, the heart of Boise’s downtown. It comprises retail, restaurants, offices, a Boise State University department, the convention center expansion and Main Street Station, Boise’s new multimodal transit center. The project is recognized for its strong public-private partnerships, the creative reuse of a challenging site, a wide mix of uses and support of transportation choices. 

Dale Bates–Charles Hummel Award
This award is given by the Idaho Smart Growth Board of Directors in honor of architect, civic leader and Idaho Smart Growth co-founder Charles Hummel. The 2017 award is to Dale Bates, architect and community leader in Ketchum. Dale is honored for his long involvement with the city’s improvements in urban design, affordable housing, public art and open spaces, walkability and community development.

 

Idaho Smart Growth is a statewide nonprofit organization that brings people together to create stronger and healthier communities. For more information about the Grow Smart Awards and Idaho Smart Growth contact 333-8066 or go to www.idahosmartgrowth.org.

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Citizens Planning Academy — November 1st: Developers Are People Too

Come out on Wednesday, November 1st, for the tenth session of the 2017 Citizens Planning Academy, “Developers Are People Too: How to be more effective by working with developers”

In this session we’ll hear from two developers about the challenges they have and how citizens can work with them for better outcomes.

Speakers: Doug Fowler, founder, president and CEO of LeNir Ltd., and Bob Taunton, president of Taunton Group.

Doug Fowler founded LeNir in 1982. The company specializes in real estate development, project management, owner representation, and real estate consulting.

Since mid-2007, Bob Taunton has provided strategic planning and land use entitlement services to both private and public sector clients. Prior to forming Taunton Group, he spent over 25 years as a public planner and residential community developer.

All are welcome to attend this informative session!

When: Wednesday, November 1st. 6-7:30 PM
Where: University of Idaho College of Law in the Idaho Law Learning Center (514 W. Jefferson Street, Room 136 on the ground floor). Please use the eastern entrance, the room is the second door on the left after entering the building on this side. Parking is available behind the building on the eastern side in the spots marks “visitor.”

For more information on the Citizens Planning Academy, visit our Citizens Planning Academy webpage.

Kuna’s “Park for a Day” Coming Oct. 21

For Immediate Release:
Kuna’s “Park for a Day” coming Oct. 21
Date: Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: Deanna Smith or Scot Oliver, 208-333-8066

 

Downtown Kuna will be popping on Saturday, October 21 when the Bernie Fisher Parking Lot becomes the site of Park for a Day, a “pop-up plaza” with live entertainment, food, booths and other activities for people of all ages. The project goal is to help the community visualize a future for the parking lot, and how best to redesign it to improve its function as a parking lot and also as a catalyst for revitalizing downtown and connect city parks, the greenbelt and Main Street. The project will gather public input using outreach tactics to help spark new ideas, such as temporary street narrowing, pedestrian crossings and landscapes and visioning tools like maps and drawings.

Park for a Day runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the parking lot on 2nd Street; the event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Check out the event’s social media links for updates on music and other activities as the schedule evolves. Kuna’s Facebook event page is here.

The Park for a Day project is presented by Idaho Smart Growth in collaboration with the city of Kuna and community partners, and support from an AARP Community Challenge Grant. The Kuna pop-up is among 88 projects selected, and the only one in Idaho. More information on the AARP grant program is here; more on the Kuna project is in AARP Idaho’s video interview here.

For more information, contact ISG Project Coordinator Deanna Smith at 208-333-8066 or deanna@idahosmartgrowth.org.

 

Idaho Smart Growth is a statewide nonprofit organization that brings people together to create great places to live, through education, advocacy and training on issues in land use, transportation and community development. For more information contact 333-8066 or go to www.idahosmartgrowth.org.

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Citizens Planning Academy — October’s meeting on the 4th

Come out on Wednesday, October 4th for the ninth session of the 2017 Citizens Planning Academy, “TAP & Complete Streets: Road Design That Will Have You Dancing in the Streets”

Speakers: Karen Gallagher, City of Boise associate transportation planner, and Deanna Smith, Idaho Smart Growth program coordinator.

Karen has been a practicing planner for 25 years in the Treasure Valley, with 17 years specifically in transportation planning.

Deanna has worked on complete streets and active transportation for ISG since 2010. She received training at Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and is a life-long transportation cyclist.

All are welcome to attend this informative session!

When: Wednesday, October 4th. 6-7:30 PM
Where: University of Idaho College of Law in the Idaho Law Learning Center (514 W. Jefferson Street, Room 136 on the ground floor). Please use the eastern entrance, the room is the second door on the left after entering the building on this side. Parking is available behind the building on the eastern side in the spots marks “visitor.”

For more information on the Citizens Planning Academy, visit our Citizens Planning Academy webpage.

Citizens Planning Academy – Join us September 6, 2017!

Idaho Smart Growth invites you to join us on Wednesday, September 6th for the eighth session of the 2017 Citizens Planning Academy, “CIM, VRT, ITD, ACHD, LHTAC: Navigating the Maze of Transportation.” Kelli Badesheim, executive director of Valley Regional Transit (VRT) will present with ISG’s program coordinator, Elaine Clegg.

Kelli has served as VRT’s director since 2000. She serves on COMPASS’ board (Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho), is president of the board of the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) and a founding member of the Treasure Valley Chapter of WTS International, an association dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry.

Elaine has served on Boise City’s Council since 2004. She serves on COMPASS and VRT boards, and is Past President of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Transportation for America (T4Amercia) Advisory Committee. Elaine has worked on transportation issues from safe routes to school to funding for transit since the late ’90s.

All are welcome to attend this informative session!

When: Wednesday, September 6th. 6-7:30 PM
Where: University of Idaho College of Law in the Idaho Law Learning Center (514 W. Jefferson Street, Room 136 on the ground floor). Please use the eastern entrance, the room is the second door on the left after entering the building on this side. Parking is available behind the building on the eastern side in the spots marks “visitor.”

For more information on the Citizens Planning Academy, visit our Citizens Planning Academy webpage.

Citizens Planning Academy- Next Meeting July 12th!

“Follow the Money; How and Why to Influence Budgets” will be the discussion for this upcoming Citizens Planning Academy. We are excited to announce our presenters- Toni Tisdale and John Franden!

Ms. Tisdale has been involved in transportation planning for almost 20 years working for multiple metropolitan planning organizations developing long-range transportation plans and transportation improvement programs.

Mr. Franden served three terms as ACHD Commissioner, 20 years as executive assistant to four different BSU presidents, and on Eagle’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

We hope you can make it to this informative session!

When: Wednesday, July 12th. 6-7:30 PM

  • Note: CPA sessions are usually the first Wednesday of each month, July’s session has been moved to the second to accommodate for Independence Day.

Where: University of Idaho College of Law in the Idaho Law Learning Center (514 W. Jefferson Street, Room 136).  Please use the eastern entrance.  Parking is available behind the building on the eastern side in the spots marks “visitor.”

For more information on the Citizens Planning Academy, visit our Citizens Planning Academy webpage.

 

Solarize the Valley! ISG Sponsors Green Energy

Idaho Smart Growth is a cosponsor of the Snake River Alliance’s effort to make solar power more prominent in Idaho. The program, Solarize the Valley, is in its second year and offers free solar site assessments on homes or businesses until July 31.

The Snake River Alliance has four events coming up: a July 6 workshop in Caldwell and three open houses in Boise. All events and more information can be found at solarizethevalley.org.

The use of solar energy encourages the continued efforts in renewable energy, helps to preserve green spaces, and fosters sustainable use of resources- all of which are aspects of Idaho Smart Growth principles.

Call for Nominations! 2017 Grow Smart Awards

We’re announcing the 2017 Grow Smart Awards Call for Nominations!

Every year since 2005 we have presented the Grow Smart Awards to celebrate planning and development efforts around Idaho that exhibit outstanding implementation of smart growth
principles.

We are now seeking nominations for the 2017 awards. Nominations can be for buildings, plans, open spaces, studies and any other example of smart growth in action.We encourage nominations from anyone, for projects and plans of all types and sizes, and from throughout the state.

You can download the nomination instructions here and the required cover sheet here. For more information contact us at deanna@idahosmartgrowth.org or call 208-333-8066.

And mark your calendars now for the 2017 Grow Smart Awards event on Thursday, November 16 at the Owyhee in downtown Boise!

Idaho Gives!

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Idaho Gives, the annual online giving event to support nonprofits throughout Idaho, is here!  Your generous donations help us bring people together to create great places to live.  Visit our Idaho Gives page here.  Thank you for your support!