Communities in Motion 2040 Vision
Vision Areas Below are possible interpretations of how the land use types included in Communities in Motion 2040 could look.
The Communities in Motion 2040 Vision illustrates a preferred growth scenario for the Treasure Valley, speciﬁcally Ada and Canyon Counties. Deﬁned by local stakeholders, including the public, the Vision will help guide development of the Communities in Motion 2040 regional long-range transportation plan. Vision Statement
Land Use Density and Diversity
The Communities in Motion 2040 Vision provides new housing and jobs along transit corridors and in major activity centers with a strong focus on maintaining the region’s recreation and open space areas. New growth would be comprised of a variety of housing types, served by infrastructure, nearby services, and outside of prime farmland or environmental constraints. This scenario supports local comprehensive plan goals and densities, and includes entitled developments as of July 2012. This scenario would support high-capacity transit for State Street (Highway 44) and a route parallel to Interstate 84, as well as multimodal infrastructure and services throughout the region. Key goals include walkability, preserving farmland, minimizing congestion, increasing transportation options, improving jobs-housing balance, better access to parks, and maintaining environmental resources.
This area supports the highest densities and land-use mix, including housing, ofﬁce, and retail jobs. Downtowns typically are centers for culture and activity. Complete streets for all users would be a priority.
A center for mostly employment-related business. Freight and mobility would typically be prioritized in these areas.
Horizontal mix of land uses, including housing and employment, spread out in relatively low density. Complete streets for all users would be a priority.
Features: Light industrial/manufacturing aligned along freight routes; energyefﬁcient buildings; perimeter ofﬁce buildings serve as noise buffers to nearby neighborhoods; transit connections; eateries within walking distance; pocket parks.
Features: Mix of residential and employment areas reduce peak trafﬁc and parking demands; work, services, and retail walkable within minutes; variety in housing stock with critical mass to promote transit services; multiple transportation options; bikeand pedestrian-friendly design; road design and trafﬁc signals managed to reduce congestion; frontage or service road when appropriate.
Features: Mixed-use buildings, typically with ground-ﬂoor retail; restaurants and eateries with patio seating; pocket parks and plazas; variety in building height and massing; multiple transportation options; right-sized parking areas; mix of highdensity housing, including affordable, workforce, market rate, and luxury; and redevelopment potential. Housing: 20-40%
Transit Oriented Development
Vertical mix of land uses, including housing and employment spread out in relatively higher densities, enabling transit services.
Smaller and rural towns with opportunities for sustainable growth while maintaining a small-town feel. Primarily residential but with local servcies and mostly reliant on the urban area for employment and regional amenities.
Features: Variety of building heights; moderate to high densities; mixed-use buildings with ground-ﬂoor retail; adaptive resuse/redevelopment potential; pocket parks and plazas; right-sized parking areas; appropriately sized roads; bike lanes; transit stops; sidewalks. Housing: 20-80%
Features: Main street businesses serve local needs; opportunties for agri-tourism; park and ride lots; larger back yards with gardens provide local produce; “third places” for community gateherings; proximity to highway.
Neighborhoods with existing development, with different opportunities for reuse and inﬁll than in future developments. Primarily housing but with a few services, including parks, schools, and small-scale shopping to support the neighborhood.
Neighborhoods projected to be built, with different opportunities for planned development than in existing developments. Primarily housing but with a few services, including parks, schools, and small-scale shopping to support the neighborhood.
Features: Range of housing types; services within walking distance; pedestrian pathways; parks and recreation; neighborhood gardens; road network with narrow streets, boulevards, and alleys; close to existing infrastructure and preserved farmland.
The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) is an association of local governments working together to plan for the future of the region. COMPASS members consider factors that affect quality of life for area residents when making decisions about transportation and setting priorities for spending federal transportation dollars over the next 25 years.
Features: Mix of housing styles, ages, and costs; inﬁll potential; retail and services within walking distance; community gardens; transit options; sidewalks and bike lanes.
Please note: The Vision Map reﬂects the preferred growth scenario approved by the COMPASS Board. It is not a plan and has no regulatory authority.
Unique Areas Areas for special consideration, including regional higher education centers and regional medical centers, that have regional impact but that don’t ﬁt other center typologies. These areas will differ in types of use, densities, and layout. They include airports (A), hospitals (H), prisons (P), and universities (U). In the Treasure Valley, you’ll see:
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Boise State University College of Idaho Northwest Nazarene University Collge of Western Idaho
• St. Alphonsus Medical Center (Boise, Eagle, and Nampa) • St. Luke’s Medical Center (Boise and Meridian) • Boise International Airport, Nampa Airport, Caldwell Airport
Communities in Motion is the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. It offers a vision that addresses: • How land use affects transportation • How investments in transportation inﬂuence growth • What the transportation system is supposed to achieve • How transportation projects are selected • How transportation projects serve regional needs It is based on: Connections: Providing options for safe access and expanded mobility choices in a cost-effective manner in the region.
Economic Development: A 61% increase in composite population near downtowns and other activity centers. Growth in these areas is typically more sustainable than other locations due to the proximity of features.
2010 City Area of Impact
Housing: Growth in areas with transportation and other infrastructure improve overall affordability by locating housing near transit routes, employment centers, and basic services.
Land Use: Better jobs-housing balance reduces trafﬁc, improves air quality, and increases discretionary time.
Ada County (outside areas of impact)
Canyon County Total
Transportation: Strong transportation infrastructure and services promote economic development and quality of life. Open Space: Access to parks and open space enables citizens to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.
Coordination: Achieving better inter-jurisdictional coordination of transportation and land use planning.
Health: More transportation options and development near services enables physical activity and improves air quality.
Environment: Minimizing transportation impacts to people, cultural resources, and the environment. Information: Coordinating data gathering and dispensing better information.
Farmland: Almost 80% of farmland can be preserved by developing inﬁll sites and other non-farm areas. This will increase agricultural economic value in the area and preserve food security.
The complete Communities in Motion 2040 plan is available online at www. compassidaho.org.
Community Infrastructure: Development in or nearby areas served by infrastructure reduces infrastructure costs and can save municipalities millions of maintenance and operations costs.
Garden City Kuna
Ada County Total Caldwell Greenleaf Melba
Canyon County (outside areas of impact)
Note: Totals may not sum due to overlapping areas of impact.
Population Density Maps 2010
Employment Density Maps 2010
The 2010 maps above were the baseline conditions used in developing the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision. These maps are based on the 2010 census counts and 2010 Idaho Department of Labor employment data.
The above maps show the generalized densities when the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision is implemented.
Buildout is the quantiﬁcation of local land use (comprehensive) plans. It enables COMPASS to consider long-range corridor preservation and is not constrained by the 2040 population forecast adopted by the COMPASS Board. It is not an ofﬁcial forecast for air quality conformity.