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New COMPASS survey seeks input into growth options

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Posted at 1:14 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 15:14:56-04

The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) forecasts there will be 1.075 million people living in Ada and Canyon Counties by 2050. COMPASS is looking for input into issues such as concentration in certain areas, a rail service connecting Caldwell to Boise, should roads be widened and how will we pay for the growth? The input will help shape the future of Ada and Canyon Counties and feed into an update to the regional long-range transportation plan, Communities in Motion.

“Last fall, over 3,700 people participated in a COMPASS survey to share how they see their lives changing over the next 30 years,” explains COMPASS Principal Planner Carl Miller. “Building upon those results, and considering a forecasted population of nearly 1.1 million people, COMPASS developed four potential ‘growth scenarios’ for the year 2050. Each scenario represents a different way the valley could grow, from where new housing and jobs would be, to what types of transportation improvements would be needed.

Review the scenarios and give your feedback through a quick, interactive survey at www.compassidaho.org. The survey will take less than 10 minutes and will remain open through Saturday, July 11.

“We’re asking for Ada and Canyon County residents to provide us feedback on the different scenarios. Do these scenarios reflect your vision for the future of the Treasure Valley? What issues are most important to you? Do you support changes that would be needed to make the different scenarios happen?”

The survey is available in both English and Spanish and will be open through July 11. COMPASS asks for people to share the survey link so more community voices are heard.

Want to learn more, need assistance, or prefer to stay offline?
· Attend one of two live online presentations at www.facebook.com/COMPASSIdaho, June 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, or June 23, 9:00 – 10:00 am. Hear from planners and have your questions answered in real time.
· Watch a pre-recorded presentation anytime through July 11 by linking from www.compassidaho.org. Submit questions online; responses will be posted each weekday.
· Request a paper copy of the survey or ask questions at 208/475-2229 or info@compassidaho.org.

Survey results will be posted after the survey closes at www.compassidaho.org/comm/comments.htm.