News Release

April 11, 2011

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Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

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Meridian City Council Approves Comp Plan Update


Meridian, ID – (April 11, 2011) – At its April 5th meeting, the Meridian City Council approved a major update to the City of Meridian’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan is a statement of goals and objectives and recommended actions that represents the community's vision for the future and serves as a guide for growth and development.  Citizens representing neighborhood groups, developers, real estate professionals, and public agencies participated in the update process.


The revised document addresses many aspects of the community, including land use, transportation, housing, parks and open space, infrastructure, public safety, and economic development.  This update is part of the process to modernize plans to meet the needs of the growing community.


“Our updated Comprehensive Plan will help guide us as a vibrant community whose vision is to be the premier city to live, work and raise a family by providing a community-wide framework for our many ongoing planning activities that are an integral part of life in Meridian.  These include neighborhood and special area plans, transportation plans, and plans for specific community facilities and services, such as parks, community centers, or additional police or fire stations,” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

The City’s goals in this latest document were to update the demographic and technical information contained in the 2002 plan; update the City’s analysis of such information; and to include new topics that were not discussed in the original plan— specifically economic development, sustainability, and public art. The last significant update occurred in 2002 with additional specific area plans adopted in 2007.

According to City of Meridian Planning Manager Caleb Hood, “The City’s existing comprehensive plan had served the City well and still had a lot of relevant goals, objectives, and policies.  However, it was time to explain where we have been and solidify the direction this community is heading by reformatting and updating the plan.” He adds, “We’re extremely pleased with the revised comprehensive plan and are confident it will be an increasingly important, user-friendly tool that helps shape the Meridian of the future.”

The City of Meridian’s revised Comprehensive Plan can be view on the City of Meridian website at

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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit