Blueprint Boise

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What is Blueprint Boise?

Boise’s Comprehensive Plan, Blueprint Boise, establishes a broad vision for growth in Boise. The plan breaks the city into geographic planning areas and provides policy guidance for each. A series of master plans and neighborhood plans provide more specific guidance.

It includes a land use map depicting the expected type and location of future development in the city. The land use map works in conjunction with zoning to direct development to appropriate locations and in desirable amounts. It also depicts areas that the city expects to annex over time. Comprehensive Plan policies are implemented through zoning, project review, capital improvement programming and/or budgeting, and a variety of other means.

The plan, which was adopted in 2011 after extensive outreach that included citizen input and community workshops, is based on seven key principles:

  1. Environmental Stewardship
  2. A Predictable Development Pattern
  3. Stable Neighborhoods and Mixed-Use Activity Centers
  4. A Connected Community
  5. A Community that Values its Culture, Education, Arts and History
  6. A Strong, Diverse Economy
  7. A Safe, Healthy and Caring Community

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