People, Structure, and Committees

Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report: Long-Range Planning

Communities in Motion 2040 (CIM 2040), the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties, evaluates projected population and employment growth, current and future transportation needs, safety and security, financial capacity, and preservation of the built and natural environments to provide regional transportation solutions to the year 2040. CIM 2040 was adopted in 2014; COMPASS focused 2015 efforts on implementing the newly adopted plan, while simultaneously preparing for the plan update (CIM 2040 2.0), due for completion in early 2019.

2015 Highlights:

  • Launched a new COMPASS development checklist to link local and regional planning by providing feedback to decision-makers regarding how proposed developments align with CIM 2040 goals regarding transportation, land use, housing, economic development, and more. Over 30 checklists were provided to decision-makers and posted online for public access.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 3.2, Facilitate the sharing of data and information and 4.1, Lead a process to coordinate local land use planning, transportation planning, and development
  • Received a $225,000 technical assistance grant under the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), Implementation Assistance Program – one of only 21 recipients nationwide. The grant funds will help COMPASS better incorporate freight into the next update of CIM and to incorporate performance measures into funding decisions.  
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.1, Lead a process to coordinate local land use planning, transportation planning, and development and4.4, Update planning documents
  • Completed an agricultural freight study to identify important routes used for hauling farm produce from fields to processors, and from processors to market. Identification of those key routes is a first step in ensuring they are preserved and well-maintained so they can continue to serve the agricultural community. This study was identified as a need in CIM 2040; the data collected will, in turn, be used to inform CIM 2040 2.0.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.2, Implement adopted plans and 4.4, Update planning documents
  • Continued to represent Idaho’s metropolitan planning organizations on a Federal Highway Administration/Idaho Transportation Department workgroup to monitor, facilitate, and guide implementation of Idaho’s transportation performance-based planning, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.2, Implement adopted plans and 4.4, Update planning documents
  • Began work on CIM 2040 2.0 – the update to CIM 2040. The update will retain 2040 as the horizon year and build on the main tenets of CIM 2040 – namely the CIM 2040 Visiongoals, and performance measures and targets. The update will focus on how the roadway, freight, public transportation, and bicycle/pedestrian components work in concert to deliver a complete transportation system for the Treasure Valley.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objective 4.4, Update planning documents