Communication and Public Awareness

2012 COMPASS Education Series

2012 Topics, Speakers, and Schedule:

  • January 18 and 19, 2012. This Is Not Your Parents' Housing Market, by Dr. Chris Nelson, University of Utah.  Details below.
  • April 26, 2012. Development 101. Panel discussion. Details below.
  • May 21 and 22, 2012. National Environmental Policy Act. Lynne Ann McWhorter and Elaine Somers, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10. Details below.

Presentations are free and open to the public. Please confirm your attendance when requested below. The presentations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information and for new presentations as they develop throughout the year, please continue to visit this site.

COMPASS ofrece presentaciónes públicas y capacitaciones concerniendo un número de temas. Estos son: el crecimiento, el uso de la tierra, la planificación de transporte, y la financiación. Los temas serán de apoyo al plan regional de transporte a largo plazo, Comunidades en Movimiento. Las presentaciones se puedan cambiar. Para obtener la información más reciente y para saber de presentaciones nuevas cuando se desarrollan, favor de visitar al sitio de COMPASS http://www.compassidaho.org/comm/publicevents.htm o llame al número 475-2229 o  mande un correo electrónico a aluft@compassidaho.org.

Those needing assistance may call 475-2229 with 48 hours advance notice. Personas que necesitan asistencia especial, favor de llamar al numero 475-2229 con 48 horas de antisipacion.

Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, may 22, 2012

May 21, 2012: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): What is it and how can I get involved?

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • COMPASS, first floor board room, 700 NE 2 nd Street, Meridian, 83642
  • FREE! Please RSVP to Jessica Wilson at jwilson@compassidaho.org or 475-2230

Intended Audience: Anyone with an interest in NEPA and environmental policy and is interested in learning more about why and how to be involved in the NEPA process. This presentation is targeted to the general public.

Description: This presentation will build the public’s understanding of the NEPA statute, with a focus on its purpose and process. The speakers will also identify the key times and steps for public involvement in NEPA and related planning. The discussion will include tools and resources to guide the public through reviewing an Environmental Impact Statement and will include a short demonstration of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released public mapping tool, NEPAssist.

May 22, 2012: NEPA: Needs and Strategies for Integrating Planning and the Environment

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Nampa City Hall, City Council Chambers, 411 Third Street South, Nampa, 83651
  • FREE! Please RSVP to Jessica Wilson at jwilson@compassidaho.org or 475-2230

Intended Audience: Planners, public involvement specialists, elected officials, resource managers, and others who manage projects that use federal funds and are subject to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. The focus will be on transportation-related projects.

Description: This presentation will provide the basics of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and SAFETEA-LU (federal transportation act) directives for integrating transportation planning and environment, including by tools, strategies, and examples for achieving this integration.

Handout: Resources to Assist in Understanding NEPA Analyses, Transportation Planning, and their Linkages

AICP Certification Maintenance credits have been approved for the May 22, 2012 presentation.

Lynne McWhorter
Lynne McWhorter has been working with EPA in the NEPA Review Program for over 10 years. She emphasizes the benefits of early involvement by participating in multiple cooperating agency agreements for developing Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). She has enjoyed providing NEPA training to the public, Tribes, and internationally. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington in Sustainable Resources Sciences. Lynne supports the multi-disciplinary approach of ensuring EISs are developed with sound science, include sufficient information/public disclosure, and explore ways to minimize environmental impacts.

Elaine Somers
Elaine Somers holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany and a Masters in Forest Resources/Natural Ecosystems Management from the University of Washington. She has worked in the NEPA Environmental Review Program at EPA since 1995. Through interagency agreements, she has also served as a county planner and educator in Forest Stewardship. She reviews a wide variety of federal projects, but her key focus is transportation. She emphasizes the importance of early involvement and collaboration to achieve NEPA goals -- to realize sustainable solutions, maximize environmental benefits, and eliminate unacceptable environmental impacts.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Development 101, Presented by Urban Land Institute Speaker Panel

Description: Ever wonder how real estate gets developed? What steps does a developer go through to develop a piece of property? How does “time mean money”? What is a pro forma and how does it work? What does the real estate cycle mean for communities and their development objectives? These questions and more will be answered in an interactive presentation with members from the Urban Land Institute.  This will be presented twice, with the same general information, but different focuses for different audiences.  Come to one or both. See below.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 (Morning)

Development 101

  • 9:00 a.m. –  11:00 a.m.
  • COMPASS, first floor board room, 700 NE 2nd Street, Meridian
  • Free! Please RSVP to Jessica Wilson at jwilson@compassidaho.org or 475-2230.

Intended Audience: This workshop is targeted toward planning staff, elected officials, developers, real estate professionals, and other individuals working on issues related to growth and development issues.

AICP Certification Maintenance credits have been requested for this (morning) presentation.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 (Evening)

Development 101

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • COMPASS, first floor board room, 700 NE 2nd Street, Meridian
  • Free! Please RSVP to Jessica Wilson at jwilson@compassidaho.org or 475-2230.

Intended Audience: Anyone with an interest in real estate, development, and growth in the Treasure Valley. This presentation is targeted to the general public.

The Urban Land Institute Idaho. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Idaho is a District Council of the Urban Land Institute with members throughout Idaho and Montana. ULI Idaho membership includes professionals involved in all aspects of the real estate and land use industry: developers, lawyers, financiers, academics, elected officials, environmentalists, planners, architects, and realtors. The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities.

ULI panel speakers will include:

  • Gary Allen.Mr. Allen is a Partner at the Givens Pursley law firm. He has an extensive land use practice with local government entities throughout Idaho. His land use experience includes commercial, residential, industrial, and infrastructure projects, including some of the largest projects in Idaho.
  • Matt Brookshier. Mr. Brookshier is Vice-President and director for development and acquisitions for the Grossman Company Properties. He is responsible for identifying real estate acquisitions throughout the western United States, including managing the underwriting of all potential hotel assets for Classic Hotels.
  • Bruce Chatterton. Mr. Chatterton is Director of the Community Development Department for the City of Meridian. He has experience as a developer, planning consultant, and local government official. Before coming to Idaho, he was the Planning Director of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and vice-president with the Bank of America, Corporate Real Estate.
  • Diane Kushlan. Ms. Kushlan is Principal at Kushlan | Associates and coordinator for ULI Idaho. She has worked in local government planning in California, Washington State, and Idaho for many years.
  • Robert G. Taunton. Mr. Taunton is Managing Member, Taunton Consulting. He possesses broad experience in real estate development in Canada and the United States, plus additional years as a national park planner, a recreation planning consultant, and a senior city planner.

Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19, 2012
Dr. Chris Nelson, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

January 18, 2012: This is Not Your Parents' Housing Market: How demographic, economic, and financial forces are reshaping America’s housing, neighborhood and community preferences

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • 2nd and Broadway Building - COMPASS, First Floor Board Room, 700 NE 2nd Street, Meridian, ID 83642
  • FREE! Please RSVP to Jessica Wilson at jwilson@compassidaho.org or 475-2230

Intended Audience: Anyone with an interest in real estate, demographics, and how the housing market in the Treasure Valley may change over the next 20+ years. This presentation is targeted to the general public.

Description: America became a "suburban" nation after World War II, principally by meeting the needs of the Baby Boomers. The "American Dream" was to own a home on a large lot in the suburbs. That was then and this is now. The American dream is now plural; people want more out of their neighborhoods and communities than in the past. This presentation will review how changing demographics, economics, and financing are changing Americans' preferences for housing, neighborhoods and communities. It will also synthesize several national housing preference surveys to show that what Americans want now is very different from what they wanted just a generation ago. The presentation will show the mismatch between what Americans want and what they have, and summarize options to close the gap.

January 19, 2012: This is Not Your Parents' Housing Market

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • 2nd and Broadway Building - COMPASS, First Floor Board Room, 700 NE 2nd Street, Meridian, ID 83642
  • FREE! Please RSVP to Jessica Wilson at jwilson@compassidaho.org or 475-2230

Intended Audience: This workshop is targeted toward planning staff, elected officials, developers, real estate professionals, and all individuals working on issues related to housing and growth.

AICP CM are approved for the January 19, 2012, presentation.

Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, is Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where he is also Director of the Metropolitan Research Center. For the past 30 years, Dr. Nelson has conducted pioneering research in growth management, urban containment, public facility finance, economic development, and metropolitan development patterns. He has written nearly 20 books and more than 300 other works. Dr. Nelson’s current work focuses on how demographic, economics, and housing preference choices will reshape America’s metropolitan areas over the next generation.