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


Culture of Health Leaders Program Call for Applications

The Culture of Health Leaders Program is pleased to announce that the Call for Applications for the 2017 cohort is now open.  Register at my.rwjf.org to access the application system. A copy of the application is attached. APA is one of the national partners supporting the program.

The application process closes at 3:00 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 15. All application materials, including the required video and references, must be submitted in the online application system by the deadline.

The following optional webinar is available for applicants interested in the Culture of Health Leaders Program:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (3:30-4:30 p.m. ET)

Registration is required:http://cultureofhealthleaders.cmail19.com/t/t-l-hdhlthl-okdkuthdd-h/

Additional information about the Culture of Health Leaders Program is available at Culture of Health Leaders website and at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s website.

Happy New Year

APA Idaho wishes you a happy and prosperous new year.We thank you for your membership and all of the great work each of you to make great communities happen.

Please keep in mind that with the incoming new year comes some changes to the APA Idaho board. Sabrina Minshall is the new President, Leon Letson is the new Vice President, Maureen Gresham is the new Secretary, and Daren Fluke has moved to the honored position of Immediate Past President.

Wondering what these APA Ambassador activities look like?

Wondering what these APA Ambassador activities look like? 

We’ve been highlighting many of these activities on our blog site.  You’ll see examples from schools workshops to career fairs to community planning events.  More blogs will be posted over the next few months.

What does the future of the APA Ambassador Program look like?

The APA Board of Directors approved in September to change the Ambassador Program from a pilot to an ongoing initiative.  The next ambassador year will run January thru December 2017.  Applications are being accepted on the Ambassadors homepage thru December 31, 2016.

Click here to view the ambassador names listed by state.  Note these are volunteers that were able to fulfill the requirements during their year of commitment (active membership + hosting two activities).  There are others that volunteered but were not able to complete the two events, and we will work to get them involved in the next round.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this program a success.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Monica Groh
American Planning Association
Director of Emerging Professionals
312.786.6363 | mgroh@planning.org |planning.org

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Conference Program

Great news, the full 2016 conference program is now available. The program includes complete session descriptions, and maps for getting around town.

Click HERE to see the full program.

Monthly news from the 2016 Idaho APA Conference Chair

Hello and happy August! The conference is coming up soon (October 12th – 14th) and this year it is located in Boise! This newsletter features highlights of different activities and sights to enjoy during your stay in Boise and a sneak peek at the program contents. Building off of our theme “Bridging Tradition and Innovation Through Planning” we have developed four focus areas or “Tracks” for program content. They are 1- Fundamentals, 2- Creative Partnerships, 3- Healthy Communities, and 4- Rural in Transition.

Want to stay connected? The APA IDAHO Facebook page just reached 100 likes! Let’s make it 200! Please like our Facebook page for the most up to date information on the conference. Give us a “Like”, join the conversation and get connected! www.facebook.com/Idaho-APA- 379383925506705/. You can also check out our Idaho APA site at www.idahoapa.org/2016-annual- apa-idaho-conference/

Our team has been working so hard to make this an amazing conference for you all! We have so many exciting things planned and as we get closer to the conference it just gets bigger and bigger. It really will be the best conference yet! Don’t forget registration opens September1st and will close October 7th- you don’t want to miss this one!