Ada wants public involved in developing long-term land-use plan

Ada County’s population is projected to increase by more than 50 percent to about 674,000 people by 2040.

In anticipation of this growth, the county is putting together a new long-term plan, Ada County 2025.

This week, the county is holding three open houses to get the public’s opinion about land use and development policies for rural areas and the foothills.

Participants will have the opportunity to comment on the goals and recommendations in several areas including growth, transportation, county resources and amenities, economic capacity and community connections.

Open houses schedule:

Wednesday, April 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Lake Hazel Middle School, 11625 La Grange St.

Thursday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ada County Courthouse public hearing room, 200 W. Front St.

Thursday, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m. Sawtooth Middle School, 3730 N. Linder Road

Residents unable to attend the open houses can provide input on the project website.

In the fall of 2015, Ada County initiated Ada County 2025— a collaborative, joint planning process to update the Ada County comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 2007, and to develop a new strategic business plan. While closely integrated, each plan has a distinct role to play in Ada County’s future. The updated comprehensive plan will serve as a policy guide for the growth and physical development of Ada County over the next 10 to 20 years. The strategic business plan will establish a vision for countywide service delivery and business decisions within the county organization and identify key initiatives to support its implementation.