Clarion Associates was retained by Ada County to lead Ada County 2025, a collaborative, joint planning process to update the Ada County Comprehensive Plan (last updated in 2007) and to develop a new Strategic Business Plan (led by local team member Kushlan | Associates). Ada County covers an area of roughly 1,060 square miles in southwestern Idaho and is the most populous county in the state, with an estimated 2013 population of 401,673. Recent projections by the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho suggest the population of the County could reach 674,000 people by 2040 — an increase of over 272,000 residents during the next 24 years. Much of this growth is projected to occur within one of the County’s six municipalities (Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Garden City, and Star) and their associated Areas of City Impact. However, a key part of the Ada County 2025 process was based on the need to understand and plan more proactively for future growth countywide and the potential impacts of that growth not just on the physical form of the County, but on the County Organization and its ability
to efficiently provide services to a growing and changing population. The Comprehensive Plan is organized around six focus areas: County Resources & Amenities, Coordinated Growth, Economic Capacity, Community Connections, Sustainable Practices & Resiliency, and Organizational Effectiveness. The Strategic Business plan is also organized around six focus areas, with a more specific focus on the function and operation of the County organization. The planning process included extensive opportunities for public input and collaboration with other regional organizations, as well as significant engagement of and collaboration with internal County stakeholders and departments. Components of the public participation strategy included a project website, internal and external stakeholder focus groups, policy summits on agriculture and open space and recreation, social media updates on Facebook and Twitter, forums with community leaders, and more traditional community meetings. The Comprehensive Plan was adopted in November 2016.