Valley Leaders Learn to Share 

A valleywide planning alliance is a little closer to reality now that area political leaders have moved to draft a joint powers agreement that would establish the basic structure of the group.

The leaders of Boise, Eagle, Garden City, Meridian, Kuna and Star, along with Ada County and the Ada County Highway District, met last week to discuss the next step in creating the alliance. The group would serve as an umbrella authority to guide valleywide growth, including transportation issues.

They also managed to agree to draw boundaries around each city to help cut down on conflicts from overlapping planning.

The power-sharing partnership came out of a study conducted by the Urban Lands Institute earlier this year. The national group of urban planners called upon valley leaders to put aside personal conflicts and egos to work for the betterment of the area.

The ULI panel found that growth has gone largely unchecked, and poor cooperation between cities and constantly changing land-use plans have lead to a transportation mess.

The panelists suggested the creation of the alliance as a way to guide future growth. The group would be comprised of the leaders of each of the communities in the valley, as well as one citizen board member.

This is the second time the group has met, and a third meeting is scheduled for December.

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