Envision Coeur d'Alene: Comprehensive Plan Update


Project Update

We have had a few community members inquire recently about the status of the plan, the joint workshop(s) and when we expect the public input opportunities to take place. 

We understand there is a lot of interest in the Envision Coeur d’Alene project and when the public will have additional opportunities to learn more and provide feedback and ask questions.

Over the last three months, we have met with City Council and the Planning Commission to get direction on how to incorporate the previous public input from Fall 2020 into policy document and land use sections of the draft plan.  City Council and the Planning Commission have provided that input and have directed City staff to come back to City Council and Planning Commission with refinements, which are currently underway.  As a part of this effort, and as directed by City Council, additional opportunities for public feedback will be included in further developing the Draft Plan this Spring. 

The current document was developed through extensive community feedback received at the kick-off event in late 2019, numerous public surveys, in-person meetings, virtual workshops, and guidance from the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and Focus Groups composed of volunteers representing a cross section of the Coeur d’Alene community.  Technical studies have supplemented community input, which have included transportation and market/economic development studies, as well as cutting edge software scenario planning tools that analyzed potential long-range development assumptions.  Important project information and materials are available on the Resources? page.

The plan will continue to evolve as the City Council, Planning Commission, and the community provide additional input.  COVID-19 has changed how we are able to meet in person, and there are still limitations on large public gatherings within Idaho (currently limited to 50).  We have contacted NIC, which normally has the capacity to accommodate larger groups, but their public spaces will not be available to use until May 15 and they may extend that through the summer.  We are currently evaluating other options for how to best engage the community for additional input on the plan.  Some ideas have been a virtual Town Hall meeting for public input that includes a presentation and informational material, live polling and public comment period.  Another idea has been an outdoor open house where people can view draft plan elements with opportunities to provide feedback and ask questions, but that would provide obstacles for audio and video, as well as distractions of the outdoors.  We are also exploring having different times of day for the public input events.  While we did mention a possible March meeting at the February Council meeting, we have realized since then that March is not feasible due to Spring Break and the additional time needed to work on the plan.  No specific dates have been identified for the joint workshop with the City Council and Planning Commission or public input opportunities yet.  We need to do some additional refinement on the plan, and we will soon be polling the CAC and Focus Groups to determine the best possible ways to engage the community moving forward.  We are working diligently to produce a quality plan that can provide direction and serve as a tool for the years to come.

The Project Management Team is working hard to move forward diligently with refinement of the plan components.  Additional time is needed to gather input from city departments and partner organizations on the proposed action items, and we will be working to refine the land use scenarios with input from KMPO, engineering, water, wastewater, police, fire, parks, etc.  This is critical input before we move forward with community input and the joint workshops.

Once we have more details figured out about the joint workshop date(s) and public input opportunities, we will share information with the community, the CDA Press, and on this website so that people have ample notice of how and when to participate.  

Feel free to reach out if you have additional questions!


The Envision Coeur d’Alene project is a collaboration between the City of Coeur d’Alene and CDA 2030

Imagine Coeur d’Alene in 20 years. What is your vision for your community?

Stay informed and up to date on the project.  Envisioncda.org is Coeur d’Alene’s visioning and long-range planning project website created to help develop a roadmap to the future and a citywide plan to serve our community from 2020-2040. Visit the website for project information, answers to frequently asked questions, and ways to get involved and stay informed.

Envision Coeur d’Alene will offer a variety of surveys, community meetings, visioning sessions, mapping exercises, and much more.  This project is anticipated to be complete by December 2020.  Stay tuned for public meetings in various locations and formats to get the entire community involved.

Everyone is encouraged to visit envisioncda.org to read about the effort and sign-up for future updates!

Envision Coeur d'Alene
Your voice, our future.

For those interested in the verbiage of Idaho State code as it relates to the required elements of a comprehensive plan:



67-6508. Planning duties. It shall be the duty of the planning or planning and zoning commission to conduct a comprehensive planning process designed to prepare, implement, and review and update a comprehensive plan, hereafter referred to as the plan. The plan shall include all land within the jurisdiction of the governing board. The plan shall consider previous and existing conditions, trends, compatibility of land uses, desirable goals and objectives, or desirable future situations for each planning component. The plan with maps, charts, and reports shall be based on the following components as they may apply to land use regulations and actions unless the plan specifies reasons why a particular component is unneeded.

(a) Property Rights — An analysis of provisions which may be necessary to ensure that land use policies, restrictions, conditions and fees do not violate private property rights, adversely impact property values or create unnecessary technical limitations on the use of property and analysis as prescribed under the declarations of purpose in chapter 80, title 67, Idaho Code.

(b) Population — A population analysis of past, present, and future trends in population including such characteristics as total population, age, sex, and income.

(c) School Facilities and Transportation — An analysis of public school capacity and transportation considerations associated with future development.

(d) Economic Development — An analysis of the economic base of the area including employment, industries, economies, jobs, and income levels.

(e) Land Use — An analysis of natural land types, existing land covers and uses, and the intrinsic suitability of lands for uses such as agriculture, forestry, mineral exploration and extraction, preservation, recreation, housing, commerce, industry, and public facilities. A map shall be prepared indicating suitable projected land uses for the jurisdiction.

(f) Natural Resources — An analysis of the uses of rivers and other waters, forests, range, soils, harbors, fisheries, wildlife, minerals, thermal waters, beaches, watersheds, and shorelines.

(g) Hazardous Areas — An analysis of known hazards as may result from susceptibility to surface ruptures from faulting, ground shaking, ground failure, landslides or mudslides; avalanche hazards resulting from development in the known or probable path of snowslides and avalanches, and floodplain hazards.

(h) Public Services, Facilities, and Utilities — An analysis showing general plans for sewage, drainage, power plant sites, utility transmission corridors, water supply, fire stations and fire fighting equipment, health and welfare facilities, libraries, solid waste disposal sites, schools, public safety facilities and related services. The plan may also show locations of civic centers and public buildings.

(i) Transportation — An analysis, prepared in coordination with the local jurisdiction(s) having authority over the public highways and streets, showing the general locations and widths of a system of major traffic thoroughfares and other traffic ways, and of streets and the recommended treatment thereof. This component may also make recommendations on building line setbacks, control of access, street naming and numbering, and a proposed system of public or other transit lines and related facilities including rights-of-way, terminals, future corridors, viaducts and grade separations. The component may also include port, harbor and other related transportation facilities.

(j) Recreation — An analysis showing a system of recreation areas, including parks, parkways, trailways, river bank greenbelts, beaches, playgrounds, and other recreation areas and programs.

(k) Special Areas or Sites — An analysis of areas, sites, or structures of historical, archeological, architectural, ecological, wildlife, or scenic significance.

(l) Housing — An analysis of housing conditions and needs; plans for improvement of housing standards; and plans for the provision of safe, sanitary, and adequate housing, including the provision for low-cost conventional housing, the siting of manufactured housing and mobile homes in subdivisions and parks and on individual lots which are sufficient to maintain a competitive market for each of those housing types and to address the needs of the community.

(m) Community Design — An analysis of needs for governing landscaping, building design, tree planting, signs, and suggested patterns and standards for community design, development, and beautification.

(n) Agriculture — An analysis of the agricultural base of the area including agricultural lands, farming activities, farming-related businesses and the role of agriculture and agricultural uses in the community.

(o) Implementation — An analysis to determine actions, programs, budgets, ordinances, or other methods including scheduling of public expenditures to provide for the timely execution of the various components of the plan.

(p) National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors — After notification by the public utilities commission concerning the likelihood of a federally designated national interest electric transmission corridor, prepare an analysis showing the existing location and possible routing of high voltage transmission lines, including national interest electric transmission corridors based upon the United States department of energy’s most recent national electric transmission congestion study pursuant to sections 368 and 1221 of the energy policy act of 2005. "High-voltage transmission lines" means lines with a capacity of one hundred fifteen thousand (115,000) volts or more supported by structures of forty (40) feet or more in height.

(q) Public Airport Facilities — An analysis prepared with assistance from the Idaho transportation department division of aeronautics, if requested by the planning and zoning commission, and the manager or person in charge of the local public airport identifying, but not limited to, facility locations, the scope and type of airport operations, existing and future planned airport development and infrastructure needs, and the economic impact to the community.

Nothing herein shall preclude the consideration of additional planning components or subject matter.