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Making Connections: Improving Mobility and Design in the Treasure Valley

2008 COMPASS Education Series

Presentations are free and open to the public. Please confirm your attendance where requested below. The presentations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information and for new presentations as they develop throughout the year, please continue to visit this site.

COMPASS ofrece presentaciónes públicas y capacitaciones concerniendo un número de temas. Estos son: el crecimiento, el uso de la tierra, la planificación de transporte, y la financiación.

Those needing assistance may call 855-2558, ext. 248 with 48 hours advance notice. Personas que necesitan asistencia especial para la junta, favor de llamar al numero 855-2558, ext. 248 con 48 horas de antisipacion.

Brochure of 2008 Education Series

Thursday, March 6, 2008
Ellen Greenberg, AICP, Freedman, Tung & Bottomley (San Francisco, California)

1 - Sustainable Streets: Emerging Priorities, Emerging Practices

  • Boise City Council Chambers, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
  • Noon

2 - Fettucine Forum (COMPASS is a co-sponsor)
The Opposite of Traffic: Counterintuitive Thoughts about City Streets

  • Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho
  • 5:30 pm, doors open at 5:00

The Opposite of Traffic is an eye opening tour through the world of transportation and will offer some provocative views (and facts) about the meaning of transportation success, and how professional and community members can help their communities achieve it.

Ellen Greenberg is a city planner working at the complex intersection of land use, transportation, and urban design. Ms. Greenberg's practice is distinguished by her talent for synthesizing complex information with clarity and purpose, equipping communities with the tools needed to achieve their aspirations for mobility, place-making, and environmental quality.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Institute (Victoria, British Columbia)

Work Smarter, Not Harder to Improve Transportation

  • Doubletree Riverside Hotel, North Star Room, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise
  • 5:30 reception
  • 6:00 – 7:30 presentation and questions


"Work smarter, not harder" is a motto for good management. It's a reminder to search for better solutions to the problems we face. There is a great need for better solutions to our transportation problems. Mr. Litman's presentation will explore ways in which the Victoria Transport Policy Institute has identified innovative strategies for more efficient and equitable transportation that are technically feasible and cost effective.

Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps to expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation techniques, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transportation planning and policy analysis.

To view Todd Litman's presentation: "Work Smarter Not Harder to Improve Transportation" click here. (4.2MB)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics (Washington, D.C.)

Property Rights and Public Values

  • Doubletree Riverside Hotel, Laurel Room, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise
  • 5:30 reception
  • 6:00 – 7:30 presentation and questions


To view presentation, click here.

Is there a right to own property? Absolutely. Is there a right to use property? Absolutely. Is either the right to own or the right to use absolute? Absolutely not! Mr. Rypkema will speak about property rights in terms of American history, political philosophy, real estate economics, and fundamental fairness…and place transportation and land use planning in context of the discussion.

Donovan Rypkema is principal of Place Economics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. Mr. Rypkema began his consulting practice in Rapid City, South Dakota and relocated to Washington, DC in 1985. He has performed real estate and economic development consulting services throughout the United States for State and local governments and non-profit organizations with interests in a broad range of properties; his specific fields of consultation include: feasibility analyses for real estate development; training in community-based development; economic revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial centers; and the rehabilitation of historic structures.

Friday, April 25, 2008
Fourth Annual Community Bicycle Congress (COMPASS is a co-sponsor)

  • Boise State University, Bishop Barnwell Room in the Student Union Building
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This year's Bicycle Congress will look at bicycle planning, with emphasis on the new “Roadways to Bikeways” master plan from Ada County Highway District. Learn more about the plan and explore how it relates to other plans, such as Communities in Motion and the Blueprint for Good Growth .  Professor Peter Furth from Northeastern University will present "On-road bicycle facilities for children and other 'easy riders.'" Professor Jose Weissmann from the University of Texas as San Antonio will report on his current research, “Rural bicycle accommodation plan and decision-aid tool."

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Julie Campoli, Terra Firma (Burlington, Vermont)
Alex McLean, Landslides Aerial Photography (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Visualizing Density

  • Doubletree Riverside Hotel, North Star Room, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by Valley Regional Transit (VRT) and Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC)

Demand for more compact, walkable, and mixed-use neighborhoods is on the rise, yet resistance to density often prevents their construction. This presentation uses stunning aerial photography to show why we need to build in a denser pattern, why many people are skeptical of density, and how design plays a key role in our attitudes. It promotes the use of better planning and design to create appealing, high-density neighborhoods.

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Julie Campoli, Terra Firma (Burlington, Vermont) and
Alex MacLean, Landslides Aerial Photography (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Visualizing Density: Tools and Techniques


Refreshments will be served.

This four-hour course on residential density and urban design includes an introduction, three lectures, and an exercise involving both small and large group discussions. It is targeted to planners, developers, architects, housing advocates, landscape architects, and community development officials. The course is relevant to small towns as well as larger cities and suburbs, helping participants understand the issues and challenges of dense development. It focuses on how to use visual tools to communicate density and how the public can see density in a more objective and comprehensive manner, emphasizing the role of design and planning in creating appealing, high-density neighborhoods.

Julie Campoli, a landscape architect and urban designer, is principal of Terra Firma Urban Design in Burlington, Vermont. She has received grants from several foundations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation, for her studies of land settlement patterns. Ms. Campoli has developed innovative graphic techniques to illuminate land use issues, and has presented workshops and lectures throughout the country on issues of landscape change, sprawl, and density. She is coauthor of Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Rural Areas (APA Planners Press 2002).

Alex S. MacLean is the founder and principal of Landslides Aerial Photography based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Trained as an architect at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he has been a pilot and photographer for more than twenty-five years, documenting the history and evolution of the land and the changes brought by human intervention. His photographs have been exhibit in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and they have been acquired by corporate, private, public and university collections. He has published several books with Julie Campoli and others, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs, and his photographs have appeared in many other publications and journals throughout the world.

 May 1 – May 31, 2008

May in Motion
COMPASS co-sponsors May in Motion, a month-long promotion of events and activities designed to educate valley residents about transportation issues and encourage them to use transportation alternatives. Valley Regional Transit and ACHD's Commuteride are event partners. Please check or call 345-Pool for more information.

  • May 16, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm-- Bike to Work Day, 8 th Street between
    Bannock and Idaho in downtown Boise.

May 21, 2008
Dave Leland, Leland Consulting Group, Portland, Oregon and
Don Stastney, StastnyBrun Architects, Portland, Oregon


Sponsored by Capital City Development Corporation

This presentation will discuss the role of quality design in the context of development feasibility. Experience shows that successful projects can best be realized when a balance is struck between quality design, financial feasibility, and a clear understanding of the needs, desires, and capability of the markets to be served. These elements must be equally proportioned for long-term success.

David Leland, CRE, Managing Director, Leland Consulting Group, has 42 years of experience in the real estate industry as a consultant, advisor, developer, and owner. Dave has personally conducted and managed more that 3,000 real estate assignments in North America and Asia and is a member of The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). As former CEO of a multistate mixed-use real estate acquisitions and development company, and educated in architecture, city planning and urban economics, he offers a strong working knowledge of real estate acquisition, development and management. He understands the linkage and relationships between economics, location, program, and design

Don Stastny, FAIA, FAICP, principle of StastnyBrun Architects, Inc. has been a practicing architect and urbanist in Portland, Oregon since 1973. His practice has focused on three distinct professional arenas: architecture (mixed-use, urban complexes, housing, museums, libraries and learning centers), town planning and civic design (strategic plans and designs for new towns and cities), and design process management (design and design/build competitions, invitationals, and community workshops). He is recognized nationally as a leader in design competition management and was the author of “The Design Excellence Program Guide – Building a Legacy” published by the U.S. General Services Administration.

Monday, June 9, 2008
Larry Beasley, Vancouver, British Columbia

Making a Great City by Design – Themes from Recent Vancouver Experience

  • Doubletree Riverside Hotel, North Star Room, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise
  • 5:30 reception
  • 6:00 – 7:30 presentation and questions


To view Larry Beasley's presentation: "Economic Development and Community Tranquality Through Design: Cues for Boise from Vancouver's Recent Experience" click here.

Sponsored by Capital City Development Corporation

Using Vancouver, in Canada, as an example, Larry Beasley will outline the key themes for great urbanism. He will show how the city by design is a major strategy for economic development and community tranquility. The sustainable city of the future will be about intensity of activities, mixed use, and provision of community and cultural infrastructure. Mr. Beasley will illustrate how to achieve all of these objectives while facilitating major development opportunities and general business growth in the city. He will show how a “living first” strategy for inner-city housing can revitalize a downtown and confirm its central role in a region, responding to both demographic trends and marketing potentials. Mr. Beasley outlines a new way of planning our cities, called by him “experiential planning”, that can tap into deeply held aspirations, even longings, that our citizens have for their community and for their personal lives.

Larry Beasley is the recently retired Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver, Canada. He is now the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy. Over thirty years of civic service, Mr. Beasley achieved land use and transportation plans along with careful development management that have dramatically reshaped Vancouver's inner city. He also led the revitalization of neighborhoods, a strong heritage preservation program, the City's urban design studio and a successful civic fundraising initiative. For the last thirteen years, he was a principal decision maker for Vancouver's development approvals. He now teaches and advises the private sector and governments around the world. He also chairs the ‘National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty' of Ottawa's National Capital Commission.

Mr. Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada, his country's highest honor for lifetime achievement.


Please watch for announcement of additional speakers, as well as a transportation planning conference in November co-hosted with Boise State University.