Together we can create great places.

Since 2000, Idaho Smart Growth has collaborated with partners around the state to create great places to live. As our state continues to grow, the urgency of smart growth and the desire to preserve and enhance our quality of life becomes more apparent.

What makes a great place to live?

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 fast, predictable and fair and they include all stakeholders.

What we do

Idaho Smart Growth works within the overlap of land use, transportation and community development. We are a statewide, independent, 501c3 nonprofit offering expertise and tools to keep our communities vibrant and our lands healthy. Idaho Smart Growth offers a range of programs to help make our communities more attractive, economically stronger and safer for everyone.

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…