Growth within Ada County
Everyone in this region of Idaho is talking about growth these days. It is a topic of conversation at schools, churches, businesses, neighborhoods and gatherings of all kinds, and for good reason.
Ada County has grown 24% in the last ten years, from a population of 392,362 in 2010 to more than 487,000 in 2019 (Historic map with population). Unprecedented growth is changing the landscape of the county and affecting all aspects of life. Some changes are good, and some are disruptive and challenging.
People move to Ada County because of its quality of life. One half of Ada County is open space. Approximately 8000 acres of the county are recreational space. This makes Ada County a favored place for people to move, along with a safe environment to raise a family, and a variety of options regarding housing choices. While no one can stem the flow of families and individuals who move to our area we can make sure we manage growth in a cooperative, fiscally responsible, and effective way while preserving our quality of life.
Coordinated Growth Project
In 2019, Ada County Commissioners, with Ada County Development Services, began having conversations with partner jurisdictions, agencies, and stakeholders about growth, with the eventual goal of finding ways to coordinate growth together to ensure fiscal responsibility and the maintenance of quality of life. This included Joint Workshops with the cities and ACHD and a Public Growth Conversation on October 16th. Growth conversations are needed in Ada County so that we can understand the fiscal impact of our growth patterns. (Why Growth Conversations Matter)
Since starting these conversations, our team has been working to determine the best Next Steps we can take to work together towards responsible growth in Ada County. This will include Neighborhood Meetings and other various outreach opportunities. This page will be updated as these opportunities are planned. Subscribe to this page to keep in the loop and know what’s coming next. We looking forward to growing together!