The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, COMPASS, completed a multi-year planning process on July 21 when it adopted Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties.
The new plan differs from previous plans because it recognizes that transportation investments have a strong impact on land use, housing, open space, health, farmland and economic development. For the first time, Communities in Motion 2040 establishes goals and implementation steps addressing each of these issues.
Idaho Rivers United staff and members became involved in the planning process early because of the large impact that transportation investment has on the Boise River.
The health of the Boise River and all of the irreplaceable goods and services it provides are closely linked to transportation and land use.
Not every place is suitable for a highway or even a pathway. The Boise River is one of the most sensitive areas in the Treasure Valley. Careful transportation planning can protect the river and save time and money.
IRU members attended meetings and workshops and provided comments to shape the vision and goals of CIM2040. Now IRU is anxious to help implement the many strategies identified in Communities in Motion 2040 to protect and enhance riparian vegetation, reduce storm-water pollution, use water wisely and maintain open space along the river.
Follow this link to read a press release from COMPASS.