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In 2008, 14 organizations signed on to a joint mission statement, structure, principles, objectives, and strategies. These organizations, calling themselves “Partners for Idaho’s Future” operate as a program of Idaho Smart Growth.

The group gathers annually to share information about their work, plan for how they can best work together, and receive training. In 2008, members received training on code reform and comprehensive plan best practices, preparing for an open space funding ballot measure, working with the media, and how elections affect non-profit organizations.

Member Organizations:

Canyon County Alliance for Responsible Growth
Conservation Voters for Idaho
Idaho Conservation League
Idaho Rivers United
Idaho Smart Growth
Kootenai Environmental Alliance
Land Trust of the Treasure Valley
Salmon Valley Stewardship
The Nature Conservancy
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development
Wood River Land Trust
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Moscow Civic Association

Objectives:

1. Increase public understanding of growth management issues, develop effective public discourse, and promote grassroots citizen participation in decision making regarding growth in our state.

2. Create incentives to allow communities to grow in a way that makes sense:

  • Identify smart transportation design options that will encourage safe and compact pedestrian, bicycle & transit-oriented development
  • Ensure that development is fiscally responsible and utilizes existing or planned infrastructure
  • Ensure that housing is located to provide easy and equitable access to employment, schools and services
  • Advocate for affordable housing as an essential component of sustainable communities
  • Encourage mixed use development
  • Support sustainable economic development

3. Make it easier for farmers, forest owners and ranchers to stay on the land:

  • Protect rural community vitality and agricultural and ranch land
  • Promote land use policies that preserve the ecological integrity of natural areas and public lands
  • Ensure that the built and natural environment are integrated in a sustainable and equitable manner that supports neighborhood livability and preserves natural resources
  • Shift patterns of urban expansion from low density suburban sprawl to more compact neighborhoods with a mix of uses
  • Encourage communities to utilize and support locally grown agricultural products and agriculturally oriented activities
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