People, Structure, and Committees
Benefits of Membership
Why Membership in COMPASS?
COMPASS is the only regional forum in southwest Idaho where membership is open to any public agency. Bringing together cities, counties, highway districts, state agencies, and others, COMPASS evaluates and coordinates planning and policies, makes decisions regarding the regional transportation system and land use, and ultimately impacts the quality of life of all Treasure Valley citizens.
The COMPASS Board of Directors makes decisions that affect the entire region. Each member agency has a “seat at the table” – a voice and a vote – ensuring that their jurisdiction’s needs and concerns are considered. Choosing not to participate leaves important regional decisions in the hands of others.
In addition to a seat on the COMPASS Board, COMPASS membership provides member agencies an opportunity to participate in the technical deliberations and recommendations that lead to key regional decisions.
Resource Development – COMPASS provides a variety of services to its members to assist in securing and managing federal transportation dollars and other funding to meet capital and maintenance needs, and to support regional goals outlined in Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. These services cover the spectrum from grant research and grant-writing assistance to support throughout project implementation once funding is received.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Maps, Data, and Orthophotography – COMPASS develops maps for its members for analysis, review, and public display using the most current baseline information and data layers available. In addition, COMPASS coordinates regional orthophotography flights on behalf of its members every three years.
Demographics – COMPASS compiles demographic data for use in COMPASS products and by COMPASS member agencies. These data include population estimates, demographic forecasts (population, jobs, and housing), census data, and more.
Modeling and Other Technical Tools – COMPASS uses computer modeling and other technical tools to examine the current and future state of our region – from transportation to air quality to land use, and more. These tools, and the data they provide, support COMPASS member agencies as well as COMPASS’ own planning efforts.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Equipment – COMPASS provides installation and data collection services to member agencies who request temporary use of bicycle and pedestrian counting equipment. The counters provide information such as the numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians using certain routes, and the days of week and times of day they are using them.
Audience Response System (ARS) – COMPASS offers use of its audience response system, or keypad polling system, to collect audience responses in real time. Trained COMPASS staff will assist in question development and/or review, format questions for ARS software, run the system at the meeting(s), and develop reports following the meeting(s).
Public Education – To facilitate dialogue and provide learning opportunities, COMPASS provides a variety of education opportunities, including but not limited to:
- COMPASS education series
- COMPASS 101
- American Planning Association (APA) Signature Webinar Series
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Webinar Series
- Other related trainings and workshops