September Citizens Planning Academy: NIMBY, YIMBY, or …?

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NIMBY, YIMBY, or …? Being an Effective, Constructive Advocate in Times of Growth

Wednesday, September 5, 6 – 7:30 PM. Free and open to the public.
U of I Legacy Pointe Conference Room, Idaho Water Center, 322 E. Front Street, Boise.

You’ve probably heard the term NIMBY (not in my back yard) and perhaps the emerging YIMBY (yes in my back yard) response. While these are catchy descriptions of how one might respond to development, constructive approaches to growth are often more nuanced than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Join us for this presentation and discussion on how to be a positive influence on development and growth in your community – whether your stance is a ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or something else.

Deanna Smith, Program Coordinator at Idaho Smart Growth, has served on the East End Neighborhood Association Board of Directors since 1999, including five years as president. She has been involved in community activities since moving to Boise in 1982, working in numerous staff positions in the nonprofit community. She served as field director for Neighbors Protecting Idaho, managed two successful city council candidate campaigns and served on the staff of several other electoral campaigns. United Vision for Idaho recognized Deanna as the 2008 “Administrator of the Year” and the Idaho Business Review recognized her as a “Woman of the Year” in 2012. Deanna joined the staff at Idaho Smart Growth in 2006 after serving on the Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in 2000. She has a degree in education and planning from Evergreen State College and has a Charrette Facilitator certificate and a certificate from Portland State University’s Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation.


Off-street parking (free) is available in two adjacent garages. Maps can be found here. Can’t make it in person? You can attend remotely with this link:

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 here.