The Treasure Valley Partnership, in cooperation with Idaho Smart Growth and the Community Planning Association and other groups received the Local Government Commission Ahwahnee Principals Award for Regional Initiatives for work done on the Treasure Valley Futures project.

The Treasure Valley Partnership was a finalist for the Joint Centers for Sustainable Communities 2001 Award, April 26, 2001.

1999 Outstanding City County Collaboration from the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities (Washington D.C.).

1998 Founders of a New Northwest from the Pacific NW Regional Council of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development

The TVP has also appeared in articles from the Urban Land Institute, Sustainable Community Case Studies from the Pacific Northwest, as well as other national publications.

Award Booklet

The Local Government Commission Ahwahnee Principals Award 2002

The Treasure Valley Partnership, in cooperation with Idaho Smart Growth and the Community Planning Association and other groups received the Local Government Commission Ahwahnee Principals Award for Regional Initiatives for work done on the Treasure Valley Futures project.

The Treasure Valley Partnershipwas a finalist for the Joint Centers for Sustainable Communities 2001 Award, April 26, 2001

1999 Outstanding City County Collaboration from the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities (Washington D.C.).

1998 Founders of a New Northwest from the Pacific NW Regional Council of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development

The TVP has also appeared in articles from the Urban Land Institute, Sustainable Community Case Studies from the Pacific Northwest, as well as other national publications.


Awards Poster

Partnership Wins Award for Work on Futures Project 2.26.02

It is a great honor to announce that the Treasure Valley Futures project was awarded the 2001 Ahwahnee Award Certificate of Merit for Regional Initiatives in San Diego, California, January 24, 2002. The Ahwahnee Award is sponsored by the Local Government Commission, Bank of America, American Institute of Architects – California Council and the California Chapter of the American Planning Association.

First presented in 1991 at the Yosemite National Parks Ahwahnee Hotel, the Ahwahnee Principals represent a set of planning concepts and implementation measures that promote planning and building more livable communities. The award, named in honor of the Ahwahnee Principals, recognizes projects and programs that create a better quality of life for residents and the region as a whole. 84 award applications were received and 20 awards and certificate of merit were given out at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in San Diego hosted by the Local Government Commission. Elizabeth Conner and Elaine Clegg received the award on behalf of the Treasure Valley Futures partners.

The judges were professionals in design, architecture, city planning and engineering. They were most impressed with the diversity of groups that worked together on the TVF project. Also high on their list was their list was the identification of barriers and tool kit of alternative choices as well as development of other educational materials.

Partnership Hosts Regional Workshop on Quality Growth

The Treasure Valley Partnership hosted a workshop for local elected officials, business leaders, school leaders and citizen activists on November 26, 2002. Over 175 people attended the event, which was held at the Nampa Civic Center.

The focus of this workshop was the final report of the Treasure Valley Futures project, the $510,000 grant from the Transportation and Community and Systems Preservation Project (part of the Federal Highway Adminstration) that had been conducted from 1998 to 2001 on growth in the Treasure Valley. This workshop also addressed the issue of regional visioning by inviting Dr. Keith Bartholomew from the University of Utah to talk about what other regions have done to cooperatively address growth.

This workshop provided hard data about how the two county area of the Treasure Valley, such as most of the dramatic growth seen has occured in the past 6 years with the addition of 77,000 new single family homes in the region. The workshop was concluded with facilitated roundtable discussions with participants to find out what they think of the region’s growth and what solutions they would like to see to the questions that were raised. A follow up to this workshop is planned at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference in April 2003.

 

Transfer of Development Rights – An Option for Saving Open Space
7.28.02

 

The Treasure Valley Partnership held a workshop in July, 2002, to talk about transfer of development rights as a possible way to look at preserving sensitive agricultural and open lands in the valley.

A number of speakers attended the workshop, including local planners and citizen activists. While no formal decision was made to begin implementation of such a program, it was agreed that a follow up workshop on the implementation and results of TDR’s in other areas would be helpful.

 

Partnership Members Attend Leadership Conference
4.27.02

 

Members of the Treasure Valley Partnership attended the 10th annual Boise Metro Chamber’s Leadership Conference, a gathering of leaders from all segments of business, education and local government. This conference was heralded by many of the Partnership members as a critical first step in bringing area leaders together to talk about the future of the Treasure Valley.

“This conference contributed greatly to the success of the Treasure Valley Partnership,” stated Mayor Brent Coles, mayor of Boise and founding member of the Partnership, “this is a critical venue for leaders from business, education and government to come together informally and brainstorm how to make our valley a quality place to live, work and play.”

At the conclusion of the conference, it was clear many participants felt the formation of the Treasure Valley Partnership was one of the positive aspects of growth in the Treasure Valley. Many felt that there will be a larger role for the Partnership as the dialogue continues regarding growth managment and economic vitality.

 

Partnership Works with Local Law Enforcement for Homeland Defense Grants
3.31.02

 

The Partnership received information from Mayor Brent Coles of Boise that there is an estimated $3.8 Billion that will be available to local governments for Homeland Security Regional Initiatives. This money can be used for a things such as training, improved equipment, planning and preparedness for local governments to be better prepaired for security emergencies. These grants are a result of the Office of Homeland Security’s push for all local governments to be ready for possible terrorist attacks throughout the country.

Although terrorist attacks are not as likely in the Treasure Valley as in large urban areas, there are many ways these grant monies could help local law enforcement agencies to improve emergency services throughout the Valley. The members of the Partnership, chiefs of police, and county sheriffs are looking for cooperative ways to improve all levels of service for area citizens.

 

Partnership Holds Monthly Meeting; Urban/Rural Interface Discussed
2.26.02

 

The Partnership met at the Canyon County Courthouse on Monday, February 25 to review work accomplished in 2001 and set goals for 2002. One of the biggest concerns of the Partnership now is the pressure on rural lands from development. “We can’t tell farmers that they can’t sell their lands if they want to quit farming, but it would be helpful to know what other options are out there if the farmers are interested in doing somthing other than just selling property for houseing” said Commissioner Pat Galvin. Commissioner Todd Lakey added, “We need to know the nuts and bolts of options like Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) and other things that we could offer up to both land-owners and developers as ideas.”

The members had a long discussion on this and the requested Executive Director Elizabeth Conner to schedulel the April meeting to include an update from the Treasure Valley Land Trust and planners who have worked with TDRs to begin the dialogue to finding workable options to the current trend of development.