Citizens Planning Academy – August 2020

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Citizens Planning Academy August 5th
Citizens Planning Academy August 5th

Protecting our Working Lands from the impacts of growth

Wednesday, August 5th at 6 PM. Free and open to the public.

Join us August 5th as we continue with our 2020 theme Idaho’s Changing Landscapes with a focus on protecting our working lands from the impacts of growth.

Attend Online:

Join remotely from any internet-connected device. Email to RSVP. Meeting log in information will be shared via email.


Learn more about the series here or view past session videos on our YouTube channel.

About the Presenters:

Harold A. Nevill, Ph.D.

Harold A. Nevill, Ph.D.

Harold was born and raised in Idaho’s Treasure Valley on the family farm. He graduated from Fruitland High School in 1974. In that same year he served as Idaho’s State Vice President for the FFA.

Harold served a 21-year career in the U.S. Navy, rising from Seaman Recruit to Lieutenant Commander via a “direct appointment” mid-way through his career. During his career he served on four submarines, three submarine tenders, and was Officer in Charge of a space satellite tracking base. He received numerous personal awards and qualified both in submarine and surface warfare.

In 1997 Harold returned to the Treasure Valley and started his second career in education. He is currently the CEO of the Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency (COSSA) in Wilder. Harold is also involved in Treasure Valley land use issues, serving as a Canyon County P&Z Commissioner from 2000 to 2006, and helping to create the Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway, Idaho’s only agriculturally-themed Byway. Harold serves on many Foundations and Boards, including currently serving as President of the Coalition for Agriculture’s Future (CAF).

Harold lives south of Nampa, Idaho where he raises cattle on his 80-acre ranch. Harold and his wife Cynthia have four married children/step-children and six grandchildren between them.

Jennifer Reibe

Jennifer Reibe

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in entomology, and has worked in agriculture for her entire career. She currently works as an independent crop consultant (agronomist) specializing in potatoes and tree fruits.  

Jennifer got involved in planning by participating in Payette County’s comprehensive plan update in 2003, which led to her appointment on the Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission 15 years ago.  Her tenure at Planning and Zoning has included 2 growth booms and now 2 economic recessions. Although Payette County is still largely agricultural, they are experiencing the same growth pressure as Canyon and Ada Counties facilitated largely by the 1-84 transportation corridor. The preservation of agricultural land is fundamental to their County planning and decision making, but must always be weighed against individual private property rights. 

Kris Crookham

Kris Crookham

Kris Crookham is a fourth generation Idahoan. She has worked in marketing in the Treasure Valley since 1984 and now works at Crookham Company. Crookham Company is a family owned business that supplies the world with sweet corn, popcorn and onion seed and has been doing so since 1911 in Caldwell Idaho.

Kris is currently involved in “Treasure Our Valley” which is a group of concerned citizens, farmers and ranchers, and agricultural producers that know the importance of farm and ranch land to our local, national and international economy, to our local food source, to our climate and our environment.   

About the Program:

The C.P.A. is a collaboration of Idaho Smart Growth and the University of Idaho’s College of Law in Boise and Bioregional Planning Program. Monthly sessions are designed to help citizens become effective advocates on a wide range of planning topics. Learn more about the Citizens Planning Academy here.

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