Monday, September 30, 2013

Idaho Law Economic Development Clinic wins major state land use award

I am proud to announce that my Economic Development Clinic here at the University of Idaho College of Law was just notified that the Clinic's 2012 report, Area of City Impact Agreements in Idaho, has been awarded the American Planning Association, Idaho Chapter’s 2013 “Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice.”

According to APA Idaho, “[t]his award honors a specific planning tool, practice, program, or process.  Eligible projects should have transferability and may include regulation, codes, design guidelines, growth management guidelines, public/private partnerships, [or] applications of technology. . . .”  The award is given to just one project each year. 

This is one of the highest professional honors awarded with regard to land use matters in Idaho; for the Clinic students to win this award is a testament to their hard work and vision throughout last year.  Students in the 2012 – 2013 Economic Development Clinic that worked on the report were:  Marc Bybee, Joan Callahan, Nicholas Morgan, Jane Gordon, and Anna Garner.

The 871-page Area of City Impact Agreements in Idaho advisory document collected and assembled over 130 such agreements for the first time ever, and was released by Economic Development Clinic in December, 2012. 

Stephen R. Miller

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