Idaho Smart Growth Announces 2017 Grow Smart Awards

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2017 Grow Smart Awards Celebration

The Owyhee, 1109 Main St., Boise

Thursday, Nov. 16; 5-7:30pm

Tickets available here. Table sponsorships are also available; contact

Idaho Smart Growth announces the recipients of the 2017 Grow Smart Awards, to be honored at its annual awards celebration on Thursday, November 16, at the Owyhee in Boise. The evening event includes a reception and presentation of this year’s awards, and will feature a talk by Mike Brown, co-founder of Local Construct, responsible for the Owyhee, Watercooler and Fowler mixed-use developments in downtown Boise. The public is invited; tickets are available here.

Smart growth strategies help growing communities bring positive social, environmental and economic benefits to all residents, visitors and local businesses.  For the past thirteen years Idaho Smart Growth has presented the Grow Smart Awards to recognize projects from around the state that are excellent examples of smart growth “in action.” Award nominations are reviewed and selected by a jury of experts for their application of smart growth principles.

This year’s awards range from a complete street renovation in a tiny town in the Teton Valley to a major redevelopment in Idaho’s biggest downtown.  All share a commitment to increasing public vitality through a mix of land uses, attractive and walkable neighborhoods and building a strong sense of place. The 2017 Charles Hummel Award recipient also will be honored at the event.

2017 Award Recipients:

Boise Transportation Action Plan
The city of Boise created the TAP as a “road map” to an active, multimodal transportation system. It serves as a visionary guide for the city’s strategic objectives and priorities for transportation and development planning and engagement. More than anything, the TAP is a tool to educate leaders, businesses and citizens about a transportation system that helps create great places.

The Afton
The first multifamily housing project in Boise’s Cultural District, Phase 1 of the Afton is a six-story mixed-use building that includes 27 condominiums, internal parking and 4,000 square feet of retail. The project replaced empty warehouses and parking lots with downtown living that is within easy walking distance to a variety of shopping, recreation and cultural destinations. 

West Little Avenue Complete Street
Driggs is a small town and county seat in Teton County that for years has been dealing with growth pressure from nearby Jackson Hole. This project is a complete-streets renovation that packs a lot of transportation, economic, environmental and aesthetic improvements into its two-block length. The work featured much community involvement that informed a wide range of design decisions including sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping, pedestrian amenities, parking, public art, civic space, signage and green stormwater treatment.

City Center Plaza
The City Center Plaza is a 10-story mixed-use building that filled in the last undeveloped parcel in the Grove Plaza, the heart of Boise’s downtown. It comprises retail, restaurants, offices, a Boise State University department, the convention center expansion and Main Street Station, Boise’s new multimodal transit center. The project is recognized for its strong public-private partnerships, the creative reuse of a challenging site, a wide mix of uses and support of transportation choices. 

Dale Bates–Charles Hummel Award
This award is given by the Idaho Smart Growth Board of Directors in honor of architect, civic leader and Idaho Smart Growth co-founder Charles Hummel. The 2017 award is to Dale Bates, architect and community leader in Ketchum. Dale is honored for his long involvement with the city’s improvements in urban design, affordable housing, public art and open spaces, walkability and community development.


Idaho Smart Growth is a statewide nonprofit organization that brings people together to create stronger and healthier communities. For more information about the Grow Smart Awards and Idaho Smart Growth contact 333-8066 or go to


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