The Citizens Planning Academy (CPA) is a collaboration of Idaho Smart Growth and the University of Idaho’s Bioregional Planning Program. CPA is designed to help citizens throughout Idaho become effective advocates on a wide range of planning topics. We encourage people in towns and cities outside Boise to attend the series remotely. Please share and invite others!

2021 Citizens Planning Academy:

Sessions are the first Wednesday of the month starting in March (*no session in July). 2021 sessions will take place at 6pm on the following dates: Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5 15, Jun 2 9, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6.

This year’s sessions focus on the theme Tools for Good Growth. Each session will deep dive into a particular regulatory tool used in planning and help attendees learn ways to achieve the growth they want in their community. Attendees will hear from leaders in the field and learn tools to become more informed and effective. 2021 sessions will include the following topics:

Sessions are free, open to all and available through live video. Sessions are recorded and shared on our YouTube channel if you cannot attend online or in person. View the archive and catch up on past sessions here.

Attend Online:

Similar to logging into a webinar, logging in remotely allows you to see and hear the presentation, and even ask questions! Anyone can join remotely. Email to RSVP.

Short Zoom tutorial:

Attend in-person: *Temporarily online-only*

U of I Legacy Pointe Conference Room, Idaho Water Center, 322 E. Front Street, Boise.

Free off-street parking is available in two parking structures adjacent to the Idaho Water Center: the Idaho Water Center and Ada County Courthouse garages. The first hour is free and parking is free after 6:15 pm. More information on parking can be found here.

C.P.A. Partners

2020 Sessions:

2019 Sessions:

So we’re the fastest growing state, how does planning fit in?
Panel speakers: Rob HopperPatricia Nilsson, Jaap Vos, and Kelli Badesheim

Is congestion really the problem? Talking transportation.
Speaker: Don Kostelec
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Is your city covered? Comprehensive planning nightmares and heroes.
Speaker: Diane Kushlan

Let’s crunch the numbers. Does smart growth make economic sense?
Speaker: Dr. David Eberle

Idaho urban renewal – stores from communities large and small.
Panel speakers: Ryan Armbruster, Meghan Conrad, Michelle Groenevelt, Nathan Murray
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What’s law got to do with it?
Speaker: Stephen Miller

Priced out – how planning and zoning affects housing affordability.
Speaker: Daren Fluke and Bob Taunton
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The good, the bad and the ugly of public engagement.
Speakers: Karen Sanders, Anne Hausrath, Wayne Rysavy, and Josh Wilson 
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Where do I start? Step by step guide to taking action.
Speakers: Mark Baltes and Cynthia Gibson
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2018 Sessions:

Cheap and Easy Ways to Make Boise Bike Friendly
Speaker: Jaap Vos, director of the Urban Design Center at the University of Idaho Boise
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Turning Green: How Communities Can Plan for Sustainability
Speaker: Sharon Paterson-Grant, LEED AP BD+C and Homes
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Energize Our Neighborhoods: Building Capacity and Empowering Residents to Support and Celebrate Vibrant Neighborhoods
Speaker: Melinda McGoldrick, Energize our Neighborhoods Program Manager
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Housing for All: Disruptors, Challenges, and Strategies for Equity
Speakers: Shellan Rodriguez, Real Estate Development Manager at CCDC, and Erik Kingston, Housing Resources Coordinator at Idaho Housing Finance Association
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NIMBY, YIMBY, or …? Being an Effective, Constructive Advocate in Times of Growth
Speaker: Deanna Smith, ISG Program Coordinator
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Speaker: Amanda J. Ashley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Boise State University School of Public Service

Historic Preservation: Linking Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Renee Magee, licensed planner and attorney

2017 Sessions:

Planning – more than balancing Property Rights & Regulation: Successful communities plan for their future
Speaker: Professor Jaap Vos, PhD., University of Idaho

LLUPA: Not a new dance – it’s the Local Land Use Planning Act
Speaker: Professor Stephen Miller, J.D., University of Idaho

Comprehensive Planning: What is it?  Why do it?  Does it work?
Speaker: Patricia Nilsson, Development Services Director, Canyon County

Ordinance & Zoning: Understanding the Base Tools for Regulation
Speaker: Diane Kushlan, Professional Planner

DA, PUD, CUP, Area of Impact: The alphabet soup of development bargaining
Speakers: Hal Simmons, Planning Divisions Director in Boise, and Hethe Clark, Partner at Spink Butler LLC. and Idaho Smart Growth Board Member

How and Why to Influence Budgets
Speakers: Toni Tisdale, Principal Planner at COMPASS, and John Franden, former ACHD Commissioner and Idaho Smart Growth Board Member

Smart Growth: The Intersection of Land Use and Transportation
Speakers: Scot Oliver, Idaho Smart Growth Executive Director, and Todd Shallat, Professor of History and Urban Studies, Boise State University

CIM, ITD, Highway Districts, LHTAC, TIP: Navigating the Maze of Transportation
Speakers: Kelli Badesheim, Executive Director Valley Regional Transit (VRT), and Elaine Clegg, Idaho Smart Growth Program Coordinator

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

Developers Are People Too: How to be more effective by working with developers
Speakers: Doug Fowler, Founder, President, and CEO of LeNir Ltd., and Bob Taunton, President of Taunton Group, LLC

Developing and Presenting Testimony with Impact
Speakers: Jim Hansen, Ada County Highway District Commissioner, and Jeremy Maxand, Director of Engage Idaho and Votes Idaho