What will Idaho look like in the next 20 years?

As one of the fastest growing states in the country Idaho communities need smart growth now more than ever. Idaho Smart Growth works with communities to help build communities that are healthy, safe and resilient.

This Giving Tuesday support our work and help Idaho grow smart.

Since 2000, Idaho Smart Growth has collaborated with partners across the state to bring the pieces together to create great places to live. We are a progressive, comprehensive resource center working towards a more sustainable pattern of growth, connecting people to places.

With your support we will continue –

  • providing community assistance to help communities achieve smart growth
  • our Citizens Planning Academy provides education on a wide range of growth related topics
  • working to ensure Idaho youth have safe routes to school
  • celebrating people and places practicing smart growth through our Grow Smart Awards

Join our Next 20 Founders Circle by becoming a monthly donor so we can continue this work for another 20 years.

Great places don’t just happen; people make them! 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 predictable and fair and include all stakeholders.

Donate today! and support our 2022 NEXT 20 Summit on Growth in Idaho where we’ll bring people together to work towards a smart growth future for Idaho!

Together we can create great places.

Citizens Planning Academy

Educational webinars on a wide range of planning topics.

Grow Smart Awards

Celebrating and sharing Idaho examples of smart growth.

Community Assistance

Professional services to support communities to achieve smart growth.

Tools and Resources

Looking for some tools YOU can use in your community? Take a look at these examples, and reach out with any questions. We'd love to help in your community!
Conduct Bike/Ped Counts

Conduct Bike/Ped Counts

Idaho Smart Growth can assist in training community volunteers in data collection. The more data we gather on how bicyclists and pedestrians actually use roads and sidewalks, the more we can improve the safety for everyone.

Cynthia Mann Walk to School Day

Start a Safe Routes Program

Safe routes can enable lifelong habits for a healthy and active lifestyle. Idaho Smart Growth supports Safe Routes coordinators around the state. We have resources, trainings and guidance to share.


Create a Parklet

Idaho Smart Growth has an inventory of items to loan and ideas to help create your parklet. Parklets can be used to start a dialogue or to visualize an idea in your community.

News and Events

Read the latest from Idaho Smart Growth

Walking and Biking Safety in Orofino

Clearwater County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) invited Idaho Smart Growth to visit the city of Orofino this summer. We conducted three activities while we were there. We held a pedestrian/bike Count Training with community Read more…

Infrastructure Bill

Many of you have heard that the Senate reached a compromise on a bill that will guide the future of US transportation policy and investments with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This bill is Read more…

Director Departure

Idaho Smart Growth announced today that Sarah Taylor has tendered her resignation as Executive Director for health reasons, effective immediately. Deanna Smith and Elaine Clegg will cover administrative tasks while the board commences planning discussions Read more…