Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Communities in Motion 2040: Why Do You Care?

One of the most common questions we hear about long-range planning, is “why should I care?” It can be hard to get excited about a plan that looks so far into the future when today’s issues are pressing on us.

So, on the COMPASS web site and in our quarterly email updates about Communities in Motion 2040, we share reasons why COMPASS thinks people should care about Communities in Motion 2040 ― the regional long-range transportation and sustainability plan that will look nearly 30 years to the future.

However, even more important than why we think you should care is why you do care. So, we are asking people why they care, or think others should. We promised to share the reasons submitted to us quarterly; this is the first installment.

Why people care about Communities in Motion 2040, as submitted by you

  • The long-range plan is the ground work for growth and projects in the future.
  • It helps the individual agencies (cities, counties, highway districts, transit authority) grow as a region.
  • I can actually make a difference by being educated and involved!
  • There is not enough money to fund our needs. We need innovative ideas to plan for the future.
  • There is controversy over which is the driver of economic development… land use or transportation. Which comes first?
  • We need new jobs and Communities in Motion can help plan for the needs of those jobs.

To share why you think Communities in Motion 2040 is important ― why you care ― email and we’ll post your ideas here. Thanks for caring and sharing!

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Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho

COMPASS is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for transportation planning in Ada and Canyon Counties. The COMPASS Board comprises 39 members representing the cities, counties, highway districts, educational institutions, state agencies, and other entities within the two counties. COMPASS plays an important role in making decisions about future long-range transportation needs in the Treasure Valley, taking into consideration environmental and economic factors that affect the quality of life.