Idaho Rural Partnership Community Review Applications Now Open

IRP is now accepting applications for 2018 community reviews.   March 2, 2018 is the deadline for submitting an application.  Please note IRP is inviting applications from rural communities that have not completed a community review AND from communities that completed a community review prior to 2007.  The pre-2007 communities are:

  • Heyburn
  • Jerome
  • Hayden
  • Kooskia
  • Priest River
  • Weiser
  • Buhl
  • Emmett
  • Salmon
  • Rexburg
  • Ashton
  • Malad
  • St. Maries
  • Stanley

For more information regarding the program and the application, visit IRPs Community Review webpage:


Message from our Legislative Liasion

Idaho APA Members –

Hello fellow planners. My name is Brian Billingsley and I am the Planning & Zoning Director for the City of Caldwell. I serve as the Legislative Liaison for the APA Idaho Chapter. This position is essentially your “eyes and ears” on all planning-related issues that pass through the Idaho Legislature.

I have formed a legislative committee comprising of eight (8) city, county, and private sector planners that will advise the APA Idaho Board on proposed bills and policy statements. We have representation from around the state and from both urban and rural areas. The committee will do most (if not all) of its work by phone and e-mail. Our responsibility is focused primarily on the session itself (typically January through 1st or 2nd week of April), with very little commitment post-session. The legislative committee for the 2018 legislative session is comprised of the following planners:

  • Lisa Ailport, AICP, City of Bonner’s Ferry
  • Brian Billingsley, AICP, Chair, City of Caldwell
  • Beth Bresnahan, Elmore County
  • Tom Cluff, AICP, Fremont County
  • Cynda Herrick, AICP, Valley County
  • Mauri Knott, Latah County
  • Claire Marley, AICP, Ruen Yeager
  • Joel Plaskon, AICP, City of Lewiston

If you are aware of any bills being drafted, industry or advocacy groups that are working on planning-related topics and/or similar activity “brewing” within your region, please either let me or your APA Region Representative know so we can track any potential legislation.

Beyond the session nuts-and-bolts, one of our primary goals is relationship-building, both with legislators and partner organizations who share APA’s commitment to good planning. We want to develop a reputation as being proactive vs. reactive and having a strong influence on planning within Idaho. This will take time and it will require having a consistent presence over many years. It also means engaging, making phone calls and visiting with decision-makers. Please make an attempt to reach out and start a dialogue on planning and community development with your legislators during the legislative session.

APA Idaho is sponsoring another legislative reception in the Idaho State Capitol next year. The event will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018 between 4:00—5:30 on the first floor of the Capitol rotunda. We held a similar event last year. We hope to see a large contingent of planners make their way to Boise for this event. This is a great opportunity to mingle with your state representatives and network with your colleagues.

I look forward to serving you and our chapter in this position. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or information that you want to share at 208-455-4666 or

Brian K. Billingsley, AICP – Legislative Liaison Idaho Chapter | American Planning Association Office: 208-455-4666 | Fax: 208-455-3050 |

AICP Exam Scholarship

Scholarship for AICP Exam

Are you taking the AICP exam in May and could use financial assistance? APA Idaho is awarded one scholarship to an AICP exam candidate who has a financial need. Scholarship recipients pay just $75 for the exam fee, instead of the $425.

 Applicants must submit a written explanation of financial hardship (including financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency), which necessitates the request to Diane Kushlan, Chapter PDO, by February 15, 2018.  The guidelines for selection set by AICP are: the applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee; the applicant would not otherwise take the exam without the reduced fee; and preference is given to minorities. Selection will be made by February 28, 2018. Nomination and selection of scholarship recipients is strictly confidential, and awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee that a recipient will be approved to take the AICP Exam.


Questions or need more information? Contact Diane.


Emergency Relief Fund

From our partners at the Idaho Office of Emergency Management

The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) is now accepting applications for the Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). The application along with application guidance, eligibility requirements, and prioritization of projects can be found at under the Hot Topics link. EFR funds will be awarded to local government agencies and private non-profit organizations for permanent repair or restoration of roadway infrastructure. Projects must meet PAPPG (Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide) Category C eligibility. Applications must be complete to be considered and will be scored based on content and supporting documentation. Funding for eligible projects will be on a reimbursement basis. Project applications will be accepted in three rounds. The first two rounds will fund up to $15 million in projects. The third round will allocate remaining available funds as necessary to the rest of the qualifying applicants. Final deadline for project applications is July 1, 2017.

  • The first round of applications shall be submitted by 5/15/17
  • The second round of applications shall be submitted by 6/15/17
  • The third round of applications shall be submitted by 7/1/17

The ERF Review Panel will meet following the final date for submission for each round and will review each application. Application will be approved/denied within 30 days of each application round deadline. Any unsuccessful applications will automatically be passed to the next round. Please direct any questions or concerns to IOEM at 208-258-6591 or   Launch Letter (PDF)

Southwest Idaho Mini-Conference

Idaho APA would like to invite you to the Southwest Idaho Spring Mini-Conference in conjunction with COMPASS’s Education Series on May 17th. Liz Thorstensen with start the day off at 9am talking about the link between active transportation and travel, tourism and economic development. Lunch will be provide and after you can obtain your Law and Ethics CM credits with a legal session focusing on the legislative update, public financing tools update and a case study of the City Center project. The day will close out with a ethics session geared to help those of in the profession make sure we are familiar with and meeting the ethical standards that come with the profession. After the day of education we will have a no-host social at the Hop Haus in Meridian.

Click HERE to register for the mini-conference and HERE to register for the session hosted by COMPASS.


New APA Idaho Region Six Representative – Josh Wilson

Idaho APA Region Six (Eastern Idaho) Representative, Jason Boal, recently left the City of Victor and took a position at Ada County. With this move, Jason resigned his position as the Region Six Representative, although he remains active on Idaho APA Committees.

The Idaho APA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Josh Wilson, the new Planning and Zoning Administrator for Victor, to the Region Six Representative position. Josh will fill the remainder of Jason’s term (through 2017).

Josh is an experienced community planner with expertise in development proposals, comprehensive plans, and zoning ordinances. He has worked in all sizes of communities from Blaine County to Meridian to Boise. He began his career as a wildland firefighter for the BLM in Shoshone after graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Josh’s contact information is

Welcome Josh!

Regional Representatives promote their region’s interests on the State APA Board and provide a communication link between the Board and planners in their region. Please see the Idaho APA website  for a region map and contact information for all Regional Representatives.

Elections for all six region representative positions will occur later this year. Stay tuned for more information soon!