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Communities in Motion 2040

Vision (Scenario Planning)

To develop a plan for the future, we first need to know what we want that future to be. We know the population of the Treasure Valley will grow, but questions center around where and how the growth will occur and what its ramifications will be.

From September 2011 through October 2012, COMPASS, its member agencies, and hundreds of stakeholders undertook a process to develop a "preferred growth scenario" ― a realistic vision of what Treasure Valley residents want the valley to look like in the year 2040. This scenario – the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision – was approved by the COMPASS Board in October 2012 and will serve as the basis for Communities in Motion 2040.

The vision was developed by Treasure Valley residents, through a year-long, three-step process. Learn about that process by clicking here.

The Communities in Motion 2040 Vision is illustrated below in four ways, each of which build upon each other.

  • Vision map. The Communities in Motion 2040 Vision map is built from the GIS data discussed below, with additional information to help portray the varied aspects of the vision. The map includes major transportation corridors, descriptions of how the mapped vision fulfills vision goals, and sketches depicting what different types of development could look like.

  • Vision Description. The vision description portrays the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision in writing and included vision goals.

    TheCommunities 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 vision supports local comprehensive plan goals and densities, and includes entitled developments as of July 2012. This vision 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. (Adopted by the COMPASS Board November 4, 2012)

  • Forecasted Population, Job, and Household Data. The worksheets below summarize the population, job, and household GIS data used to build the vision and display the data by geographic area. The files below show the forecasted data by city area of impact and by demographic areas.

  • GIS Data. GIS data are the building blocks of the vision. They show the forecasted growth and enable analysis with other geographic features. Due to the size and complexity of this data set, it is not provided here. However, the additional items above are built upon, and illustrate, this data. If you have questions about the GIS data or need access to it, contact Carl Miller (475-2239).