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 www.IOEM.idaho.gov under the Hot Topics link. https://ioem.idaho.gov/Resources/ERF/ERFLanding.aspx 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 2017ERF@imd.idaho.gov.   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 joshw@victorcityidaho.com.

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 http://idahoapa.org/  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!

Legislative Mingle

The Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association is sponsoring a legislative reception on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the 4th floor rotunda of the Capitol building.  The reception is scheduled from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Idaho APA encourages planners from throughout the state to attend this event and mingle with our legislators.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served.  Please contact Brian Billingsley at 208-455-4666 or Bbillingsley@cityofcaldwell.org to RSVP for this event. 


from our Legislative Liason

Idaho APA Members –

Hello fellow planners. My name is Brian Billingsley.  I have served the City of Caldwell as their Planning & Zoning Director for the past 10 years and I have been appointed by the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association as your Legislative Liaison.  This position is essentially your “eyes and ears” on all planning-related issues that pass through the Idaho Legislature.

The Idaho APA Chapter has formed a Legislative Committee, comprising of 6 – 8 planners that will advise the Idaho APA 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 mid-January through mid-April), with very little commitment post-session. The 2017 Legislative Committee is comprised of the following planners:

  • Brian Billingsley, AICP, Chair, City of Caldwell
  • Lisa Ailport, AICP, City of Bonners Ferry
  • Hilary Anderson, City of Coeur d’Alene
  • Cynda Herrick, AICP, Valley County
  • Clare Marley, AICP, Ruen-Yeager & Associates
  • Jeff Patlovich, AICP, All Idaho Land Consulting
  • 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.

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 bbillingsley@cityofcaldwell.org