What makes a great place to live?

Great places don’t just happen; people make them! Idaho Smart Growth works within the overlap of land use, transportation and community development. We’re a 501c3 nonprofit that helps Idaho communities of all sizes become great places.

Great communities are walkable, have a healthy mix of land uses and real choices for housing and transportation. They embody a strong sense of place and they preserve the farmland, open spaces and natural beauty around them. Development is compact and efficient, and is encouraged where there are people and services. Development decisions are fast, predictable and fair and they include all stakeholders.

What kind of services do we provide?

With many years of experience building coalitions, conducting assessments, completing research and providing training and presentations, Idaho Smart Growth helps planners, elected officials, developers, designers, advocates, health care professionals, teachers, parents and others to create safe, healthy, vibrant communities.

For a list of services we can provide, click here: Idaho Smart Growth Professional Services

What does smart growth mean for me?

Smart growth strategies lead to communities that return positive social, environmental and economic benefits to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Read more about us to see how Idaho Smart Growth helps your community.

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Neighborhood Pace Car Program

Sarah here! ISG’s administrator, and newest member of the team. In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, I wanted to share the story of the Neighborhood Pace Car Program. While it’s been nearly two decades since the program Read more…

The Power of the Parklet

Parklets empower cities to reclaim our streets as places for people – not just people in cars. Parklets are when car parking is converted to a use other than for cars. Parklets can be permanent Read more…

Counts Matter

Idaho Smart Growth has conducted several bicycle and pedestrian count trainings lately, so why are counts important? The more data we gather on how bicyclists and pedestrians actually use roads and sidewalks, the more we Read more…