COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND ACTION ITEMS

OVERVIEW


The Implementation Table below includes all policies from all chapters of the Comprehensive Plan. There are three types of policies: Goals, Objectives, and Action Items. More often than not, Goals provide context to Objectives, and Objectives provide context to Action Items. Without this context, some policies may be incomplete or misunderstood. Always consider associated Goals and Objectives when reviewing Action Items.

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IMPLEMENTATION TABLE


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Policies by Topic




I.D. Policy Section Section Symbols Type Chapter
2.00.00 Chapter 2 Premier Community 3 c I 2
2.01.00 Support a balance and integration of diverse housing and neighborhood types. Housing 3 G 2
2.01.01 Encourage diverse housing options suitable for various income levels, household sizes, and lifestyle preferences. Housing 3 O 2
2.01.01A Align City Code with the policies of the Comprehensive Plan to reflect the community's desires for various types, sizes, and designs of residential neighborhoods. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01B Regularly assess permitting activity and work to encourage a mix of housing types. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01C Maintain a range of residential land use designations that allow diverse lot sizes, housing types, and densities. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01D Regularly monitor local codes and ordinances to ensure compliance with state and federal laws such as the Fair Housing Act. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01E Encourage development of universally accessible home designs within new developments and home retrofits, allowing residents to age in place and creating full accessibility for all residents of varying levels of physical ability. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01F Maintain clear and concise housing development ordinances, codes, requirements, restrictions, and policies that are consist with the Comprehensive Plan. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01G Avoid the concentration of any one housing type or lot size in any geographical area; provide for diverse housing types throughout the City. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01H Locate higher density housing near corridors with existing or planned transit, Downtown, and in proximity to employment centers. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01I Consider providing incentives to developers that produce affordable housing units as defined by federal and state agencies. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01J Support an open housing market for all persons, regardless of protected class. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01K Remove regulatory barriers and develop design criteria that support the construction of accessory dwelling units and micro homes where appropriate. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01L Ensure the Unified Development Code provides opportunities for diverse and innovative housing options. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01M Support active-adult or independent senior living developments. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.01N Work with the County/State on developing property tax relief programs for seniors and others on low/fixed incomes. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.02 Support a balance of housing tenure and supply and demand. Housing 3 O 2
2.01.02A Regularly monitor property tax revenue and vacancy rates in the rental and ownership market. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.02B Coordinate and align public and private housing development to improve consistency with local housing agency plans. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.02C Explore ways to encourage diversity of housing tenure and price points. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.02D Encourage a variety of housing types that meet the needs, preferences, and financial capabilities of Meridian's present and future residents. Housing 3 A 2
2.01.02E Support housing affordability, special-needs housing, ownership opportunities, and housing rehabilitation through programs administered by the State of Idaho, Ada County, nonprofits, and federal agencies. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.00 Plan for safe, attractive, and well-maintained neighborhoods that have ample open space, and generous amenities that provide varied lifestyle choices. Housing 3 G 2
2.02.01 Elevate and enhance the quality and connectivity of residential site and subdivision planning. Housing 3 O 2
2.02.01A With new subdivision plats, require the design and construction of pathways connections, easy pedestrian and bicycle access to parks, safe routes to schools, and the incorporation of usable open space with quality amenities. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.01B Evaluate open space and amenity requirement and criteria for consistency with community needs and values. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.01C Require all new residential neighborhoods to provide complete streets, consistent with the Transportation and Land Use Integration Plan. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.01D Require pedestrian access in all new development to link subdivisions together and promote neighborhood connectivity. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.01E Encourage the development of high quality, dense residential and mixed use areas near in and around Downtown, near employment, large shopping centers, public open spaces and parks, and along major transportation corridors, as shown on the Future Land Use Map. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.01F Evaluate the potential to incentivize dedication of public school sites, public parks and other open spaces, and public access easements to linear open space corridors, which contain bicycle and/or pedestrian pathway systems. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.01G Ensure development provides safe routes and access to schools, parks, and other community gathering places. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.01H Evaluate and improve the current grading and stormwater drainage requirements for subdivisions to ensure they reflect the community's values. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.02 Maximize public services by prioritizing infill development of vacant and underdeveloped parcels within the City over parcels on the fringe. Housing 3 O 2
2.02.02A Develop standards for upkeep of vacant lots such as dust and weed mitigation requirements. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.02B Consider incentives such as density bonuses, reduced open space requirements, and reduced fees for infill development in key areas near existing services. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.02C Support infill development that does not negatively impact the abutting, existing development. Infill projects in Downtown should develop at higher densities, irrespective of existing development. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.02D Apply appropriate design and construction standards to infill development in order to reduce adverse impacts to existing development. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.02E Assist development groups to develop multiple plats into one cohesive plat. Housing 3 A 2
2.02.02F Ensure that new development within existing residential neighborhoods is cohesive and complementary in design and construction. Housing 3 A 2
2.03.00 Improve coordination of long range City and school district planning. Education and Community Services c G 2
2.03.01 Jointly plan and site schools and subdivisions to ensure mutual benefits, neighborhood identity, and community health. Education and Community Services c O 2
2.03.01A Assist West Ada School District in identifying potential future school sites, by providing information about anticipated future land uses, utilities, and entitlements. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.03.01B Support construction of multi-use facilities that can be used by both schools and the community. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.03.01C Invite West Ada School District staff to pre-application meetings with potential developers and discuss school siting and access needs. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.03.01D Ensure the location and design of schools are compatible with existing and planned neighborhoods and land uses. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.03.01E Work with West Ada School District to locate and connect schools to safe and accessible walking, bicycle, transit, and automobile routes. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.03.02 Coordinate with public safety officials and other local agencies to ensure safe school environments. Education and Community Services c O 2
2.03.02A Support educational and training programs lead by school resource officers and neighborhood contact officers. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.04.00 Support a diverse range of educational opportunities that continues lifelong learning. Education and Community Services c G 2
2.04.01 Partner with schools, non-profits, and other community-based organizations to provide a variety of educational opportunities throughout all stages of life. Education and Community Services c O 2
2.04.01A Support a network of public resources, schools, community centers and other public facilities that address the city's educational and training needs. Education and Community Services c A 2
3.04.01B Encourage educational institutions and community organizations to provide a broad set of programs within the community, including programs for special needs students, early childhood, the arts, math and science, English as a Second Language, and life-skills. Education and Community Services c A 3
2.04.01C Investigate potential public-private partnerships to provide additional health and educational programs. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.00 Plan for a multi-generational city with adequate public services and health care resources for existing and future residents of all ages. Education and Community Services c G 2
2.05.01 Cooperate with other agencies and service providers around the Valley. Education and Community Services c O 2
2.05.01A Identify partnerships that support multi-generational activities. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.01B Continue to support the Meridian senior citizens' organization as an important social program in the community. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.01C Support joint use agreements with the West Ada School District, Meridian Library District, and other private and non-profit entities. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.01D Coordinate planning efforts and strategic growth of the City with other service providers and local decision-makers. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.01E Support and encourage involvement of seniors in activities, groups, and volunteer opportunities. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.01F Support and encourage involvement of community youth in the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) and other youth activities, groups and volunteer opportunities. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.01G Strengthen public services, programs, and community resources to be responsive to and representative of Meridian's diversity. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.05.02 Support access to high-quality emergency care, primary, outpatient, home care, long-term care, and mental health care within the community. Education and Community Services c O 2
2.05.02A Encourage the expansion of medical service related industries that are needed. Education and Community Services c A 2
2.06.00 Enhance Meridian's economic vitality and position in the local and regional economy. Economic Excellence I G 2
2.06.01 Diversify Meridian's economic base to establish and maintain a self-sustaining, full-service economy. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.06.01A Provide location-specific standards as incentives to attract high-quality businesses and living-to-high wage jobs. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.01B Establish methods to support the business community by drafting an Economic Development Plan in partnership with the Meridian Chamber of Commerce and Meridian Development Corporation. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.01C Regularly conduct industry market analysis to determine feasibility of existing and emerging industries to better understand workforce, land use, and transportation needs. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.01D Encourage environmentally-friendly industries. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.01E Focus on developing industries that tend exceed the living wage, such as technology, healthcare and other similar industries. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.02 Support economic opportunities for a community with diverse income levels. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.06.02A Regularly assess changes in local income levels. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.02B Pursue public-private partnerships and economic development grants that bring additional job opportunities to the community. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.02C Coordinate with the public, private, and non-profit sectors on possibilities for creating/sustaining workforce housing. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.06.02D Work to encourage a diversity of housing, recreation, and mobility options to attract and sustain the local workforce. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.07.00 Create a business-friendly environment that supports and expands existing business opportunities by developing a diverse and qualified workforce through educational partnerships. Economic Excellence I G 2
2.07.01 Promote business retention, expansion, and improvement programs. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.07.01A Connect businesses with local, state, regional, and federal resources for incentives, resources, and opportunities. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.07.01B Establish and maintain relationships with existing businesses and industry groups to determine present and future needs. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.07.02 Implement a clear development application review process for new and expanding businesses. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.07.02A Streamline the approval process for development proposals that are consistent with the vision and values of the community. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.07.02B Maintain the integrity of public process and transparency of development review. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.07.02C Encourage developers to engage with the public early in the development proposal process. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.07.02D Review development regulations to ensure an efficient process and remove unnecessarily burdensome costs and delays. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.07.03 Support innovative workforce development, training, technology, and education to meet the needs of a diverse workforce. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.07.03A Coordinate with business leaders and local, regional, state, and non-profit job-oriented programs to match existing and anticipated business and industry needs and identify gaps in workforce education and training needs. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.08.00 Proactively recruit and attract new businesses to the area. Economic Excellence I G 2
2.08.01 Develop effective marketing tools and regional partnerships. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.08.01A Develop and maintain marketing materials to share with targeted industries. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.08.01B Strengthen relationships with economic development sources for new business referrals and opportunities. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.08.02 Pursue economic development opportunities with technology, healthcare, environmentally-friendly manufacturing, light industrial, and professional service industries. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.08.02A Make Meridian the premier place to create, attract, and retain high-quality businesses and a talented workforce. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.08.02B Capitalize on the City's central location by promoting more tourism and business growth along entryways and key corridors. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.08.03 Encourage new dynamic, sustainable, and collaborative opportunities that enhance Meridian's existing and planned industrial nodes. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.08.03A Keep the Future Land Use Map current by defining appropriate locations for industrial, commercial, and office businesses. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.08.03B Identify and consider services and programs desired by potential businesses within the industrial areas. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.08.03C Work with existing industrial businesses to expand or relocate operations to appropriate areas. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.00 Create positive, vibrant, and accessible commercial activity centers within the community. Economic Excellence I G 2
2.09.01 Support redevelopment and infill opportunities Downtown. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.09.01A Pursue public-private partnerships to develop parking facilities. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.01B Establish incentives to develop gathering spaces and civic facilities within Downtown. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.01C Work towards mitigating and removing floodplain issues around Downtown. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.01D Pursue grant and other funding mechanisms to fund complete street and streetscape improvements. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.01E Explore incentives for targeted projects that meet economic development goals. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.02 Integrate and maintain quality public spaces throughout Downtown for recreation, social, and civic activities. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.09.02A Actively implement action items in the Destination Downtown Plan. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.02B Pursue grants and public-private partnerships to enhance Downtown. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.02C Develop programs with local partners to expand art, cultural, and educational facilities in Downtown. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.02D Develop and support regular cultural activities and events Downtown, in partnership with the Downtown Business Association and other organizations. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.02E Implement consistent landscaping, lighting, and historic preservation standards. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.02F Support a compatible mix of land uses Downtown that activate the area during day and night. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.02G Implement the City of Meridian Design Standards and City of Meridian Architectural Standards Manual to ensure that Downtown remains the historic center for mixed-use tourism, business, retail, residential, and governmental activities. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.03 Cultivate unique and diverse destination-type activities within Meridian's centers. Economic Excellence I O 2
2.09.03A Establish distinct, engaging identities within commercial and mixed use centers through design standards. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.03B Promote Ten Mile, Downtown, and The Village as centers of activity and growth. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.03C Support public-private partnerships that provide plazas and public areas within activity centers. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.03D Develop a collaborative economic development strategy to recruit new businesses. Economic Excellence I A 2
2.09.03E Develop concept plans of potential destination activities and promote appropriate development, infill, and redevelopment of activity centers. Economic Excellence I A 2
3.00.00 Chapter 3 Evolving Community \ > D 3
3.01.00 Recognize that Meridian's population will continue to grow and positively foster Meridian's continued growth. Growth and Population \ G 3
3.01.01 Provide facilities and services that maintain a premier level of service commensurate with growth. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.01.01A Evaluate comprehensive impacts of growth and consider City Master Plans and Strategic Plans in all land use decisions (e.g., traffic impacts, school enrollment, and parks). Growth and Population \ A 3
3.01.01B Update the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code as needed to accommodate the community's needs and growth trends. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.01.01C Ensure that regulations and plans support and encourage desired development and land use patterns within the Area of City Impact. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.01.01D Evaluate development proposals based on consistency with the vison as well as physical, social, economic, environmental, and aesthetic criteria. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.01.01E Coordinate with the City of Nampa, Canyon County, Star, Eagle, Kuna, Boise, and Ada County on land use, transportation, and emergency services. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.02.00 Maintain, improve, and expand the City's infrastructure to meet existing and growing demands in a timely, orderly, and logical manner. Growth and Population \ G 3
3.02.01 Develop and implement master plans for all public facilities, services, and safety to guide the growth of the City. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.02.01A Provide City utilities in high priority growth areas and discourage in low priority growth areas. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.02.01B Protect investments in existing public facilities (water, sewer, streets, fire, police, etc.) by ensuring extension of services by new development is in the best interest of the City. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.02.01C Utilize preferred methods of communication with citizens and engage their input on public facilities planning, construction, and funding. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.02.01D Support the appropriate expansion of City facilities, services, staff, and other resources to keep up with demand and established levels of service. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.02.01E Phase-in developments in accordance with their connection to the municipal sewer and water system and the provision of other necessary infrastructure and services. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.02.01F Maintain an efficient and fair system of fees and development requirements that assesses the costs and benefits of financing public facilities and services, the need for which is generated by new development. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.02.01G Establish and maintain levels of service for public facilities and services, including water, sewer, police, transportation, schools, fire, and parks. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.00 Direct and prioritize development in strategic areas and in accordance with corridor and special area plans. Growth and Population \ G 3
3.03.01 Plan for an appropriate land use mix, recreational and civic facilities, and phased service extension within specific area plans and urban renewal districts. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.03.01A Continue to develop and implement the desired vision in special areas, areas with specific plans, and along key transportation corridors. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.01B Actively engage with City leadership and community members to explore the idea, process, and potential impacts of implementing districts, subareas, neighborhood association areas, or similar concepts. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.01C Consider developing new subarea plans as appropriate for areas with unique characteristics, public/private partnerships in place, and that are compatible with Comprehensive Plan policies in order to provide additional guidance on future land uses, design, infrastructure, and amenities. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.01D Ensure that adequate water supply and pressure are available for fire protection in areas suitable for industrial and commercial uses. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.01E Encourage infill development. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02 Prioritize growth and development where it furthers the City's vision and allows for the efficient provision of services. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.03.02A Engage with service providers, City leadership, and community members to identify priority growth areas. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02B Focus future investments within established priority growth areas. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02C Utilize the City's Service Impact Tool to help identify potential strategic growth areas. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02D As part of establishing and implementing strategic growth areas, consider including targeted redevelopment/opportunity areas within the Area of City Impact, areas within the City limits and within a specified distance of major utility connections, and unincorporated county enclaves suitable for annexation. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02E Develop incentives for appropriate investment in strategic growth areas; discourage development outside of established growth areas. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02F Require proposed development within areas further away from urban services, existing utilities or requiring significant City utility upgrades, to demonstrate fiscal benefits, strategic fit with the Comprehensive Plan, contiguity with existing development, and appropriate mitigation for any impacts to existing City service users. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02G Build and provide services in a manner that promotes the vision of priority growth areas, reinforcing and protecting Meridian's growth objectives. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.02H Require rural area residential development to submit alternative development plan to allow for the efficient extension of urban services in the future (resubdivision plan). Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03 Annex lands into the corporate boundaries of the City only when the annexation proposal conforms to the City's vision and the necessary extension of public services and infrastructure is provided. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.03.03A Ensure development is connected to City of Meridian water and sanitary sewer systems and the extension to and through said developments are constructed in conformance with the City of Meridian Water and Sewer System Master Plans in effect at the time of development. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03B Implement an irrevocable consent to annexation as a condition of hook-up to City sanitary sewer or water and make a deed restriction on all buildable lots to be placed as a note on all final plats. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03C Require all City sewer and water inspections and plan review fees (for the main lines) in effect at the time of development be paid to the City of Meridian. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03D Require all development to be consistent with Future Land Use Map designations for the property. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03E Require all development to be contiguous to the City. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03F Permit new development only where it can be adequately served by critical public facilities and urban services at the time of final approval, and in accord with any adopted levels of service for public facilities and services. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03G Require urban infrastructure be provided for all new developments, including curb and gutter, sidewalks, water and sewer utilities. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03H Evaluate both the short and longer-term fiscal and environmental impacts of annexing lands. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03I Evaluate the feasibility of annexing existing county enclaves and discourage the creation of additional enclaves. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.03J Encourage the assembly of parcels for master planning, design and entitlement purposes; discourage piecemeal annexation and development. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.04 Plan for transportation connectivity and the provision of adequate urban utilities and services for county enclaves. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.03.04A Plan for connectivity between annexed parcels and county enclaves that may develop at a higher intensity. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.04B Ensure existing county enclaves provide necessary urban-level transportation and utility infrastructure as part of the annexation process. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.03.04C Consider the establishment of improvement districts, extra-ordinary impact fee areas, and other funding mechanisms to provide the necessary urban infrastructure and services for existing county enclaves. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.00 Shape the future of the City through implementation and coordination of long range planning efforts. Growth and Population \ G 3
3.04.01 Advance, support, and promote development of City planning tools, including the Comprehensive Plan, City ordinances, plans, and other guiding documents that execute the City's vision. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.04.01A Promote the Comprehensive Plan as the primary guide for growth and development of the community. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01B Maintain and update the Unified Development Code and Future Land Use Map to implement the provisions of this Comprehensive Plan. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01C Support and expand the capabilities of all City Departments and Staff to better serve the community. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01D Maintain, update, and find better ways to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in everyday City business and for project-specific purposes. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01E Monitor the progress of the Comprehensive Plan implementation plan to ensure steady progress. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01F Review the policies within the adopted Comprehensive Plan on a regular basis and update as needed to ensure that they reflect, support, and advance the City's vision. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01G Participate in planning efforts with COMPASS and affiliated local governments and agencies to better coordinate planning policies regionally. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01H Organize and fund committees or special commissions consistent with the provisions of this Comprehensive Plan. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.01I Enforce the Unified Development Code and all other City ordinances and ensure their alignment with the Comprehensive Plan. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.02 Engage and inform the public about land use planning processes. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.04.02A Solicit public participation in the land use and entitlement process through a variety of digital and in person methods. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.02B Hold public meetings in conjunction with updates to the Comprehensive Plan to promote a better understanding of the plan and its purpose. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.02C Convey the Comprehensive Plan's legal elements and intent by informing and educating the public, agencies and service providers, advisory boards and other stakeholders to improve the overall planning process. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.04.02D Improve the neighborhood meeting and public notice process. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.05.00 Ensure that all planning, zoning and land use decisions balance the interests of the community by protecting private property rights for current citizens and future generations. Growth and Population \ G 3
3.05.01 Enact land use ordinances, policies, and fees, and make decisions, including land use restrictions and conditions of approval, that do not violate private property rights. Growth and Population \ O 3
3.05.01A Conduct regular training with City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and City staff to ensure that Idaho Code §67-8003 is properly applied in land use planning and development review processes. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.05.01B Regularly review policies, the Unified Development Code, and other City regulations for consistency with Idaho Code. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.05.01C Preserve private property rights and values by enforcing regulations that will prevent and mitigate against incompatible and detrimental neighboring uses. Growth and Population \ A 3
3.06.00 Ensure a variety and balance of land uses within the Area of City Impact. Future Land use > G 3
3.06.01 Plan for periodic review, monitoring, and updating of land uses within City limits and Area of City Impact. Future Land use > O 3
3.06.01A Maintain the Future Land Use Map to reflect existing facilities. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.01B Monitor and adjust the amount and mix of industrial, commercial, and office areas needed to meet the employment needs of the City. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.01C Coordinate with Ada County to ensure all applicable land use ordinances and provisions of this Plan are recognized when development within the Area of City Impact but outside City Limits is proposed. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.02 Plan for an appropriate mix of land uses that ensures connectivity, livability, and economic vitality. Future Land use > O 3
3.06.02A Support the inclusion of small-scale neighborhood commercial areas within planned residential developments as part of the development plan, where appropriate. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.02B Encourage and support mixed-use areas that provide the benefits of being able to live, shop, dine, play, and work in close proximity, thereby reducing vehicle trips, and enhancing overall livability and sustainability. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.02C Encourage the development of supportive commercial near employment areas. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.02D Plan for industrial areas with convenient access to state highways or the rail corridor, where appropriate. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.02E Discourage residential land uses in close proximity to the Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility, the Intermountain Gas Facility on Can-Ada Road, and other incompatible land uses. Future Land use > A 3
3.06.02F Allocate land uses near the rail corridor to both support industrial and freight movement but also residential and the movement of people within the corridor. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.00 Encourage compatible uses and site design to minimize conflicts and maximize use of land. Future Land use > G 3
3.07.01 Proactively address potential conflicts between incompatible uses. Future Land use > O 3
3.07.01A Require all new development to create a site design compatible with surrounding uses through buffering, screening, transitional densities, and other best site design practices. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.01B Encourage land uses and site designs that do not harm natural systems and resources. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.01C Require appropriate landscaping, buffers, and noise mitigation with new development along transportation corridors (setback, vegetation, low walls, berms, etc.). Future Land use > A 3
3.07.01D Preserve the industrial base within designated industrial land use areas by discouraging non-industrial uses and focusing on light manufacturing, distribution, flex-space, and base-employment. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.01E Where feasible, encourage large transmission and pipeline utility corridors to function as transitional buffers, parkland, pathways, and gathering spaces within and adjacent to their right of way. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02 Integrate land use and transportation planning to ensure that they mutually support the communities' goals and desires. Future Land use > O 3
3.07.02A Require pedestrian circulation plans to ensure safety and convenient access across large commercial and mixed-use developments. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02B Locate smaller-scale, neighborhood-serving commercial and office use clusters so they complement and provide convenient access from nearby residential areas, limiting access to arterial roadways and multimodal corridors. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02C Focus development and redevelopment intensity on key transportation corridors. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02D Pursue transit-supportive densities of residential and employment uses along key multi-modal corridors. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02E Explore the development of additional design guidelines or standards for transit-oriented development. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02F Coordinate with transportation agencies to align future needed infrastructure with land use plans and implement through the development review processes. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02G Coordinate with transportation agencies, private property owners and the public to plan for appropriate land uses that will accommodate both freight and public transportation access within the rail corridor. Future Land use > A 3
3.07.02H Integrate the Meridian Pathways Master Plan into the site development review process to ensure planned paths are built out as adjacent land develops. Future Land use > A 3
3.08.00 Coordinate with service providers to ensure the long-term utility needs of Meridian's existing and future residents and businesses are met. Utilities & Infrastructure D G 3
3.08.01 Plan and expand public utility facilities and services as part of the development process. Utilities & Infrastructure D O 3
3.08.01A Require that development projects have planned for the efficient provision of all public services. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.01B Require adequate fees from new development to fund expansion of services. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.01C Ensure that other City departments, area agencies, and service providers are informed about and have an opportunity to participate in the City's development review process. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.01D Consider the impact on key service providers prior to acting on annexation requests at a public hearing. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.01E Ensure key service providers have provided written comment on the impact and potential mitigation measures that may be necessary, prior to acting on large development applications. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.02 Cooperate with other agencies and service providers around the Valley to continuously provide essential services and utilities to all residents. Utilities & Infrastructure D O 3
3.08.02A Communicate planning efforts with local decision makers and utility service providers, including irrigation districts, energy, natural gas, solid waste, and telecommunications. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.02B Coordinate with developers, irrigation districts, and drainage entities to implement the proposed pathway network along canals, ditches, creeks, laterals and sloughs. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.02C Regularly coordinate with other public utilities and essential service providers and annually review master plans for public facilities and services; update as needed. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.02D Coordinate with Idaho Power to make additions and improvements to their facilities so that adequate capacity for projected growth is realized. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.02E Encourage the enhancement of the capacity and reliability of renewable energy resources. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.02F Encourage multi-use utility corridors. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.02G Support the expansion of and accessibility to high-speed internet and broadband throughout the Area of City Impact. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.03 Coordinate with utility providers on acceptable landscape materials, design and site locations for their future facilities to avoid negative impacts to the community. Utilities & Infrastructure D O 3
3.08.03A Minimize the impact of electric facilities in environmentally sensitive areas and consider social and environmental justice impacts. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.03B Site utility corridors within identified or designated transportation corridors and ensure that they connect to similar facilities in adjacent jurisdictions. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.03C Coordinate future placement of Idaho Power electrical transmission lines and substations in accordance with Eastern Treasure Valley Electric Plan. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.08.03D Encourage all electrical distribution utilities to be located underground. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.09.00 Maximize diversion of the municipal waste stream from disposal to recycling and reduce the amount of solid waste generated in the City. Utilities & Infrastructure D G 3
3.09.01 Develop and support markets for recycled materials and products. Utilities & Infrastructure D O 3
3.09.01A Investigate opportunities with other jurisdictions and private refuse contractors for new waste reduction and recycling markets. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.09.01B Establish solid waste fees that encourage waste reduction and recycling. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.09.01C Develop and implement public education and outreach activities to raise awareness on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and hazardous waste reduction. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.09.02 Establish recycling/diversion and hazardous waste disposal goals. Utilities & Infrastructure D O 3
3.09.02A Maintain opportunities for proper disposal of target priority waste streams such as mercury, used oil, fluorescent lamps, used gas, and waste tires. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.09.02B Work with local stakeholders to develop public education campaigns regarding the importance of and opportunities for the proper disposal of hazardous waste. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.09.03 Reinforce existing City recycling and procurement policies. Utilities & Infrastructure D O 3
3.09.03A Partner with City's solid waste contractor to investigate conservation options including composting, recycling, and green waste. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
3.09.03B Maintain internal recycling and sustainability programs that procure specific recycled content and less hazardous materials. Utilities & Infrastructure D A 3
4.00.00 Chapter 4 Livable Community Q ] = 4
4.01.00 Pursue partnerships and funding sources to facilitate and expand access to parks and recreational facilities, programming, and services. Parks and Pathways Q G 4
4.01.01 Increase appropriate partnerships within the community to provide programs and activities to the community. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.01.01A Explore additional partnership opportunities as well as build on existing partnerships with focus on low-service areas. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.01B Identify desired sports facilities or complexes and establish partnerships that foster their development. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.01C Continue to explore partnerships with alternative providers, such as schools, to increase level of service. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.01D Evaluate impact fees for public open space to ensure development is paying the full allowable fee. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.02 Increase opportunities to fund programming, services, and facility improvements. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.01.02A Increase special event and activities sponsorships. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.02B Pursue grant and philanthropic opportunities at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.02C Implement a cost recovery and pricing policy to determine a consistent method of pricing Parks and Recreation activities. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.02D Explore feasibility of a dedicated funding source for parks and recreation through special revenue, sports, or other available sources. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.02E Consider a process and policies for the acceptance of donated land and or money to be dedicated to public open space or facilities. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.02F Explore the use of digital displays to show showcase and advertise City events near parks. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.03 Continue to improve organizational efficiencies and maintain existing quality standards for park facilities and recreational amenities. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.01.03A Enhance and improve internal and external communication regarding recreation activities and services using social media and mobile tools. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.03B Staff appropriately to meet demand and maintain established quality of service. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.01.03C Expand and improve the volunteer program to meet growing needs. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.00 Provide for park acquisition and maintenance to meet projected city and population growth and demands. Parks and Pathways Q G 4
4.02.01 Continue working toward the park land level of service goal of four acres/1,000 persons and a 0.5 miles service area radius from residences. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.02.01A Evaluate developer impact fee to align with Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) requests and current park land level of service. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.01B Continue to find and purchase additional land for future park development where level of service is below threshold. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.01C Identify and require future park sites using information in the Meridian Parks and Recreation Master Plan and on the Future Land Use Map. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.01D Look for opportunities to add parks and pathways in new growth areas. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.01E Consider population/housing density and accessibility when acquiring future land for parks and recreation. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.02 Provide a variety of park types (neighborhood parks, community parks, regional parks) with a diversity of uses and activities interspersed throughout the community. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.02.02A Consider programming needs for all ages and abilities when adding new components to existing parks or when developing new parks. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.02B Continue to monitor recreational trends to stay current with programming and demand. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.02C Consider future operation and maintenance costs and work to minimize those costs into the development of park while delivering a highly functional and quality park. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.02.03 Monitor and evaluate the use, demands, and trends of recreation components. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.02.03A Implement and maintain the existing Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), Master Plan, Comprehensive Parks and Recreation System Plan, and Life Cycle Replacement Programs. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.03.00 Maintain and improve the user experience and awareness of recreational facilities, amenities, and programs. Parks and Pathways Q G 4
4.03.01 Increase year round recreational programming and activities that encourage education, health and wellness, community involvement, and multi-sensory play. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.03.01A Explore opportunities for additional indoor recreation space through partnerships, agreements, and the construction of a new Community Center. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.03.01B Continue to look for opportunities to expand programs around working hours and commuting citizens. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.03.01C Explore increasing the number of program opportunities for seniors, young adults, teens, tweens, and people with special needs. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.03.01D Set targets, identify gaps, and deploy programs, activities, and events that provide multigenerational recreational opportunities. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.03.01E Support symbiotic uses of facilities through programs that encourage community interactions. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.03.02 Add destination park amenities that uniquely blend arts, entertainment, and culture. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.03.02A Explore opportunities to add destination playground and natural play areas with climbing features and multi-sensory play. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.03.02B Foster development of discovery-oriented parks that uniquely blend arts, entertainment, and culture. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.00 Develop a connected, comfortable, and comprehensive network of multi-purpose pathways. Parks and Pathways Q G 4
4.04.01 Seamlessly connect local pathways with regionally significant pathways. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.04.01A Ensure that new development and subdivisions connect to the pathway system. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.01B Provide options for passive recreational opportunities not typically supplied by parks and facilities, such as jogging, walking, and bicycling. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.01C Establish and enhance regional pathway connections to the adjacent communities of Eagle, Nampa, Boise, Caldwell, and Kuna. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.02 Link pathways to important pedestrian generators, environmental features, historic landmarks, public facilities, Town Centers, and business districts. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.04.02A Identify opportunities for new paths that connect residential neighborhoods and community facilities, such as the library and city hall, parks, schools, athletic facilities, swimming pools, historic districts, the Downtown, as well as other commercial and retail activity centers in Meridian. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.02B Preserve existing public rights-of-way and other easements for future pathways and accessways, particularly along powerline and utility corridors, railway corridors, and waterway or irrigation corridors. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.02C Continue partnerships with area irrigation districts to continue to expand pathway system along existing waterways. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.03 Facilitate accessibility of pathway system for people of all abilities, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized pathway users. Parks and Pathways Q O 4
4.04.03A Through coordination with Pathway Plan updates, locate trailheads at or in conjunction with park sites, schools, and other community facilities to increase local access to the pathway system and reduce duplication of supporting improvements. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.03B Furnish pathway systems with trailhead improvements that include interpretive and directional signage systems, benches, drinking fountains, restrooms, parking and staging areas, and other services for all ages and abilities. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.04.03C Develop pathway design and development standards that are easy to maintain and access by maintenance, security, and emergency vehicles. Parks and Pathways Q A 4
4.05.00 Preserve, protect, enhance, and wisely use natural resources. Stewardship ] G 4
4.05.01 Protect and enhance existing waterways, groundwater, wetlands, wildlife habitat, air, soils, and other natural resources. Stewardship ] O 4
4.05.01A Identify waterways, wetlands, other natural resources, viewsheds, and natural features of topographic interest for preservation. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.01B Develop and implement programs to encourage and promote tree health and preservation throughout the City, including along waterways and within proposed development. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.01C Limit canal tiling and piping of creeks, sloughs, laterals, and drains to man-made facilities where public safety issues cannot be mitigated or are not of concern. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.01D Improve and protect creeks and other natural waterways throughout commercial, industrial, and residential areas. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.01E Assess environmental impact of potential new development, infill, and redevelopment. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.01F Preserve, protect, and provide open space for recreation, conservation, and aesthetics. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.01G Support a long-term transportation system that conforms to the public health standard for carbon monoxide attainment. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.02 Protect Meridian's surface water quality. Stewardship ] O 4
4.05.02A Refine framework of environmental programs including construction, storm water compliance, and floodplain management to satisfy the City's requirements under the Clean Water Act, FEMA, and the National Flood insurance program. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.02B Provide incentives for developers to grant conservation easements along creek-side corridors. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.02C Encourage the incorporation of creek corridors as amenities in development design. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.02D Identify and implement Low Impact Development (LID) in storm water drainage systems that are administered by the City of Meridian. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.02E Develop and cultivate partnerships with local and regional stakeholders on public education campaigns for water conservation and water quality. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.02F Promote the increase of permeable areas through sound site design and use of materials that limit stormwater runoff. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.03 Preserve prime farmland within the Area of City Impact to maintain rural character and provide opportunities for local produce and continued farming operations. Stewardship ] O 4
4.05.03A Encourage, as appropriate, the continued use of land for farming near Area of City Impact boundaries to effectively transition from rural uses to urban. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.03B Slow the outward progression of the City's limits by discouraging fringe area development; encourage development of vacant or underutilized parcels currently within City limits. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.03C Support appropriate agriculture operations within the Area of City Impact as a source of locally grown food. Stewardship ] A 4
4.05.03D Consider public support for funding to preserve open space as part of permanent land trust. Stewardship ] A 4
4.06.00 Improve air quality and reduce air pollution in the Meridian and Treasure Valley airshed. Stewardship ] G 4
4.06.01 Protect public health by reducing ozone, fine particulate matter and other greenhouse gases and toxics in the air. Stewardship ] O 4
4.06.01A Coordinate with ACHD to improve traffic flow, minimize vehicle time spent idling and accelerating, and reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles. Stewardship ] A 4
4.06.01B Promote transportation choices, facilities, and alternatives such as car and van pooling, public transit, alternative fleet vehicles, bicycle racks/storage and telecommuting. Stewardship ] A 4
4.06.01C Partner with transportation agencies and large employers to promote public awareness of air quality concerns and the need/benefits of making alternative transportation choices. Stewardship ] A 4
4.06.01D Research utilization/installation of Energy Management Systems in municipal buildings to track and cut energy costs for lighting and heating/cooling. Stewardship ] A 4
4.06.01E Convert appropriate municipal fleet vehicles to low-emission/alternative fuel vehicles when feasible. Stewardship ] A 4
4.06.01F Participate with Ada County in publicizing burning bans when necessary. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.00 Reduce energy consumption in municipal facilities and operations; provide leadership in promoting energy conservation throughout the City. Stewardship ] G 4
4.07.01 Provide City services in an environmentally sustainable and cost effective manner. Stewardship ] O 4
4.07.01A Investigate funding opportunities to finance City conservation programs and projects, and retrofit Meridian public buildings to improve energy efficiency. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01B Support construction projects that demonstrate an innovative and effective approach to stormwater management and Low Impact Development. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01C Partner with other entities to expand opportunities for energy conservation outreach and education, such as schools, utility providers, and other public places. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01D Seek opportunities for public-private partnerships to develop and showcase alternative electricity-generating facilities or to enhance the capacity and reliability of renewable energy resources. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01E Build public facilities that utilize energy conservation technologies. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01F Adopt and implement guidelines and standards for energy conservation practices. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01G Partner with regional stakeholders to increase public awareness of the benefits of sustainable design and constructing high-performance built environments. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01H Collaborate with stakeholders to develop demonstration projects incorporating water and energy conservation; and energy efficient construction methods and materials. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01I Integrate new technologies and advancements in building science to promote a whole-building approach to sustainability. Recognize performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Stewardship ] A 4
4.07.01J Identify funding sources and appropriate partners to stimulate energy efficient retrofits in existing housing stock. Stewardship ] A 4
4.08.00 Responsibly treat wastewater for current and future users by focusing on stewardship and fiscal and environmental sustainability. Stewardship ] G 4
4.08.01 Protect public health and watersheds through adequate treatment and disposal of wastewater. Stewardship ] O 4
4.08.01A Implement and maintain the Public Works Department's Sewer Master Plan and Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility Plan. Stewardship ] A 4
4.08.02 Provide cost effective and environmentally sustainable wastewater service to citizens and business. Stewardship ] O 4
4.08.02A Eliminate existing private treatment and septic systems on properties annexed into the City and instead connect users to the City wastewater system; discourage the prolonged use of private treatment septic systems for enclave properties. Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.00 Provide ample and clean water to the citizens of Meridian in perpetuity. Stewardship ] G 4
4.09.01 Protect the quality of source water. Stewardship ] O 4
4.09.01A Ensure that new development is connected to the City's sanitary sewer system (no septic systems). Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.01B Develop a source water protection plan. Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.02 Provide water in a cost effective and healthy manner. Stewardship ] O 4
4.09.02A Develop and implement a water supply master plan. Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.02B Assess and provide new water sources. Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.03 Conserve existing water supplies. Stewardship ] O 4
4.09.03A Implement and maintain the Public Works Department Water Conservation Plan. Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.03B Reduce reliance on City potable water for landscape irrigation purposes by educating the public, encouraging the use of recycled water, and adoption of water conserving landscape guidelines. Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.03C Maintain a public outreach program on water conservation. Stewardship ] A 4
4.09.03D Encourage the appropriate and attractive use of xeric, drought-tolerant plant species and non- plant materials that reduce landscape maintenance and water consumption. Stewardship ] A 4
4.10.00 Protect public health and safety by guiding growth and development away from hazardous areas that pose a threat to people and property. Public Safety = G 4
4.10.01 Reduce the threat of loss of life and property from hazards. Public Safety = O 4
4.10.01A Plan for and allow land uses surrounding the Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility that reduce human exposure to odors. Public Safety = A 4
4.10.01B Require industrial uses to conform to disposal, spill, and storage measures as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency. Public Safety = A 4
4.10.01C Work with ITD and ACHD to ensure highways and roadways are designed to mitigate natural hazards and are as safe as possible. Public Safety = A 4
4.10.01D Work with Idaho Power to ensure that a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor does not traverse through Meridian. Public Safety = A 4
4.10.01E Identify and protect areas below canals and laterals that could be damaged if the slope is compromised. Public Safety = A 4
4.10.01F Identify target hazards based on commercial/industrial occupancy type. Public Safety = A 4
4.10.01G Encourage the installation of residential fire sprinklers as part of a comprehensive fire safe community effort. Public Safety = A 4
4.10.01H Develop lot grading, dust, and drainage standards for residential development to mitigate slope erosion and protect property. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.00 Create an environment in which the people of Meridian feel safe by providing effective fire, police, and other emergency response services. Public Safety = G 4
4.11.01 Ensure the capability to direct, control, and coordinate emergency response and recovery operations. Public Safety = O 4
4.11.01A Coordinate with emergency service providers on proposed annexation and development requests, and the reporting of impacts on services through comprehensive analysis and adopted standards. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.01B Assess and compare response times to adopted standards for identification of additional needed resources. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.01C Identify future and current fire and police station locations based on adopted service level standards and goals. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.01D Prioritize the location of future fire and police stations on collectors to eliminate access issues on arterials. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.01E Communicate with staff, elected and appointed officials on impacts from development to adopted Police and Fire Department response time standards and goals. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.01F Based on Police Allocation Model (PAM), ensure adequate Police staff and resources to respond to growth and development. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.02 Support crime prevention and risk reduction through environmental design, sharing resources and information with other cities, and citizen assistance. Public Safety = O 4
4.11.02A Develop programs, in partnership with allied agency responders, which focus on preventative emergency medical services risk reduction. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.02B Coordinate Fire and Police Department planning, training, and response efforts with neighboring jurisdictions. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.02C Coordinate with Meridian Rural Fire Protection District as growth occurs in the Area of City Impact. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.02D Help educate and curtail the rate of drug, alcohol, tobacco and other substance use. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.02E Work with public and private development and management groups to promote and implement Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.02F Enhance crime prevention awareness through the education of neighborhood watch groups, multi-family property management companies, homeowners' associations, and other organizations. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.02G Utilize the crime analysis unit to identify ongoing crime trends utilizing statistical analysis, heat maps, and other tools to more effectively and effectively deploy police resources. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.03 Ensure that quality fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services are provided within Meridian. Public Safety = O 4
4.11.03A Maintain and enforce construction standards, and adopt fire protection codes that are consistent with International Fire Code standards. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.03B Develop contingency plans for special events to ensure adequate fire and emergency medical services. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.04 Provide quality police services for public health, safety, and welfare throughout the community. Public Safety = O 4
4.11.04A Develop contingency plans for special events to ensure adequate police protection. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.04B Support and cooperate with federal, state, and local public safety agencies. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.04C Consider police protection and enforcement issues as part of the development review process and as part of mobile sales, vehicle immobilization, and alcohol permitting and licensing processes. Public Safety = A 4
4.11.04D Continue coordinating with the Idaho Humane Society to ensure delivery of services. Public Safety = A 4
5.00.00 Chapter 5 Vibrant Community ? M K 5
5.01.00 Sustain, enhance, promote, and protect elements that contribute to livability and a high quality of life for all Meridian residents. Character, Design, and Identity ? G 5
5.01.01 Encourage the safety, health, and well-being of the community. Character, Design, and Identity ? O 5
5.01.01A Foster a walkable and bikeable community through good site and street design. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.01B Provide pathways, crosswalks, traffic signals and other improvements that encourage safe, physical activity for pedestrians and bicyclists. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.01C Provide, partner, and preserve public and private indoor and outdoor recreation amenities for a diverse range of physical activities. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.01D Plan for and encourage neighborhoods that provide reasonable pedestrian and bicycle access to services like healthcare, daycare, grocery stores, and recreational areas. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.01E Promote best management practices to control the spread of noxious weeds, in conjunction with Ada County Weed and Pest Control and City Code Enforcement. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.01F Minimize noise, lighting, and odor disturbances from commercial developments to residential dwellings by enforcing city code. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.01G Ensure developments employ proper water drainage techniques to eliminate the risks of water contamination, mold, and pests. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02 Support beautiful and high quality development that reinforces neighborhood character and sustainability. Character, Design, and Identity ? O 5
5.01.02A Maintain and implement community design ordinances, quality design criteria, and complete street policies to set quality standards citywides. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02B Coordinate with ITD regarding interstate beautification and appropriate signage. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02C Promote area beautification and community identity through context sensitive building and site design principles, appropriate signage, and attractive landscaping. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02D Require appropriate building design, and landscaping elements to buffer, screen, beautify, and integrate commercial, multifamily, and parking lots into existing neighborhoods. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02E Support and protect the identity of existing residential neighborhoods. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02F Explore development and implementation of architectural and/or landscape standards for geographic areas of the City. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02G Require attractive landscaping and pedestrian friendly design within new developments. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.02H Require the improvement and maintenance of landscaping along public rights-of-way and landscaping of dedicated but unimproved rights-of-way strips. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.03 Strengthen community pride and identity. Character, Design, and Identity ? O 5
5.01.03A Continue supporting community-betterment activities, such as "Rake Up Meridian," and implementing new or old programs to support residents in need of help for property cleanup and repair. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.03B Work with residents and homeowners associations to maintain and take pride in their common areas and landscaping along public rights of way and other areas visible to the public. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.03C Review and implement design guidelines for properties along entryway corridors and gateways to promote aesthetic features and clearly identify the community. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.03D Continue property maintenance programs to remove junk vehicles, abate weed nuisances, and eliminate trash build up. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.03E Implement the Welcome to Meridian Signage Plan by budgeting for construction and maintenance of signs at key locations throughout the City; look for partnership opportunities with property owners and developers. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.01.03F Encourage volunteerism within the community, City Hall, and City Boards and Commissions. Character, Design, and Identity ? A 5
5.02.00 Celebrate Meridian's historical, cultural, and agricultural heritage. Historic Preservation M G 5
5.02.01 Enhance and restore the historical quality of Old Town. Historic Preservation M O 5
5.02.01A Maintain and implement design and building standards for historically significant buildings and resources in Old Town. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.01B Support owners of historic buildings in their efforts to restore and/or preserve their properties. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02 Preserve and enhance historic and cultural resources. Historic Preservation M O 5
5.02.02A Coordinate with the Meridian Historic Preservation Commission to recommend use, restoration, and preservation of historical structures and sites throughout Meridian. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02B Investigate and promote incentive programs for historic properties. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02C Implement tools and undertake programs that will increase the community's awareness of its heritage as well as the economic and aesthetic value of historic preservation. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02D Stimulate private and public investment in the restoration and preservation of historic buildings, outdoor spaces, and natural historical features. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02E Support the efforts of the Historic Preservation Commission to foster preservation and conservation. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02F When appropriate, seek comments and approval from the Historic Preservation Commission prior to any changes to City-owned or controlled property, including buildings, outdoor spaces, and natural features. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02G Place informational plaques on historic structures and special sites. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02H Incorporate, into the development review process, a way to determine any impact on unique geological, historical, and archeological sites; preserve and protect as appropriate. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02I Encourage events and activities that celebrate the cultural heritage of Meridian. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.02.02J Develop policies to preserve and protect or document and memorialize historic and culturally significance structures and sites. Historic Preservation M A 5
5.03.00 Create opportunities for all Meridian residents and visitors to experience public art. Arts and Culture K G 5
5.03.01 Support art throughout the community. Arts and Culture K O 5
5.03.01A Exhibit both permanent and rotating works of art in City Hall and other public places. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.03.01B Encourage the integration of public art as an integrated component with new development. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.03.01C Consider a central Art and Cultural District to showcase a wide variety of cultural offerings. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.03.01D Provide local artists with opportunities to showcase their work. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.03.01E Determine and respond to the community's art and cultural facility needs. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.03.02 Raise awareness and promote existing arts offerings and artwork within the community. Arts and Culture K O 5
5.03.02A Utilize the Meridian Art in Public Spaces program to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.03.02B Partner with the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) to create and install artwork on traffic boxes, within roundabouts, and as part of other roadway improvement projects as appropriate. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.04.00 Support hands-on experiences in the arts. Arts and Culture K G 5
5.04.01 Provide a diversity of education and art experiences for all residents. Arts and Culture K O 5
5.04.01A Develop and offer youth art opportunities in partnership with the School District and afterschool programs. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.04.01B Strengthen partnerships with community organizations, schools, and institutions to support and encourage arts programs and education for adults and seniors. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.04.01C Sponsor a variety of musical and performing arts in partnership with community organizations. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.04.01D Identify opportunities to partner with existing organizations and businesses to make their facilities available for civic and cultural purposes. Arts and Culture K A 5
5.04.01E Engage with and support the full diversity of the community in the planning for arts and culture facilities, programs, and events. Arts and Culture K A 5
6.00.00 Chapter 6 Connected Community g 6
6.01.00 Facilitate the efficient movement of people and products to and from the City. Transportation and Streets g G 6
6.01.01 Support multi-modal and complete-street transportation improvements. Transportation and Streets g O 6
6.01.01A Work with the Union Pacific Railroad, Watco Companies and other interested stakeholders to preserve and protect the existing Boise Cut-off rail corridor as a multi-use corridor, including freight. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01B Support Valley Regional Transit's (VRT) efforts to construct multi-modal transit centers in areas of high commercial activity and employment as well as areas with transit-supportive residential densities. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01C Improve ingress and egress opportunities for all modes of transportation in Downtown. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01D Pursue construction of the City's pathways network. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01E Pursue bicycle routes/lanes/paths on roadways that will be appropriate for a wide range of ages and abilities. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01F Work with transportation providers to implement transportation plans, projects, and studies. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01G Develop criteria for plan review in determining whether a development proposal is safe, accessible, and comfortable for pedestrians and cyclists. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01H Require pedestrian access connectors in all new development to link subdivisions together and to promote neighborhood connectivity as part of a community pathway system. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01I Work with Ada County Highway District (ACHD) to identify gaps in the sidewalk system and pursue sidewalk construction for existing substandard streets. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.01J Encourage new development to include buffered sidewalks, a sidewalk separated from the motor vehicle lane by a planter strip, especially on collector and arterial roadways. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02 Enhance existing transportation systems. Transportation and Streets g O 6
6.01.02A Work with transportation partners to include Meridian's highest priority transportation projects within their plans and budgets. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02B Reduce the number of existing access points onto arterial streets by using methods such as cross-access agreements, access management, and frontage/backage roads, and promoting local and collector street connectivity. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02C Require new development to establish street connections to existing local roads and collectors as well as to underdeveloped adjacent properties. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02D Consider needed sidewalk, pathway, landscaping, and lighting improvements with all land use decisions. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02E Consider incomplete and underserved roadways and timing of necessary roadway improvements in all land use decisions. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02F Improve coordination with ACHD, ITD, VRT, COMPASS, and developers in addressing transportation issues and needs before public hearings, including having school and transportation agency comments in with adequate time to allow for review by the City before a decision is made on a land-use application. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02G Work with the Transportation Commission and transportation partners to implement needed neighborhood traffic calming and address safety concerns. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02H Work with transportation partners to establish and implement a system of performance measures to gauge whether transportation goals and objectives are being realized. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02I Pursue the extension of Idaho Ave. and/or Broadway Ave. to Commercial Dr. and the extension of East 3rd St. from Fairview Ave. to Pine Ave. in Downtown. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02J Pursue the extension of Overland Road into Canyon County, consistent with the 2011 Airport-Overland Corridor Study. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02K Pursue the expansion of US 20/26; the development of an overpass of I-84 at Linder Road; the extension of SH-16 from US 20/26 to I-84; and SH-55 and SH-69 corridor improvements. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02L Work with ACHD to implement projects from the 2012 Downtown Meridian Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02M Work with transportation agencies and private property owners to preserve transportation corridors, future transit routes and infrastructure, road, and highway extensions, and to facilitate access management. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.02N Coordinate with ACHD to more carefully examine the appropriateness of roundabouts with intersection improvements in relation to pedestrians and other users. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.03 Provide the most efficient transportation network possible. Transportation and Streets g O 6
6.01.03A Work with ITD and ACHD to establish truck routes and design routes appropriately for their contexts. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.03B Require collectors consistent with the ACHD Master Street Map (MSM), generally at/near the mid-mile location within the Area of City Impact. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.03C Require the public street system to be continuous through each mile section, avoiding long, straight stretches. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.03D Consider ACHD's Master Street Map (MSM), Complete Streets Policy and the Transportation and Land Use Integration Plan in all land use decisions. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.03E Participate in the development of the Regional Transportation Plan (CIM 2.0) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.04 Encourage new and alternative transportation systems that reflect changes in technology and lifestyles. Transportation and Streets g O 6
6.01.04A Support efforts to evaluate and plan for future transportation services such as public transit, on-demand services, autonomous and shared vehicles. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.04B Develop and implement agreements with irrigation districts and the Union Pacific Railroad to allow for bike/pedestrian pathways. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.04C Work with transportation partners to identify and promote strategies for reducing reliance on the single-occupant automobile. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.04D Work with COMPASS and VRT to expand public transportation in Meridian. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.04E Integrate new technologies (e.g., connected and automated vehicle technology, micro-mobility options) to increase efficiency, safety, and opportunities of transportation users. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.04F Consider and mitigate undesired impacts of emerging transportation and delivery technologies. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.05 Work with transportation partners to identify locations for future park & ride lots, shuttle buses, and/or transit stations. Transportation and Streets g O 6
6.01.05A In coordination with VRT and COMPASS, explore grants and other funding opportunities to provide incentives for developers to locate public transit infrastructure within areas planned for transit. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.05B Work with VRT in developing design guidelines for transit stations. Transportation and Streets g A 6
6.01.05C Support alternative public and private sector funding opportunities for transportation investment. Transportation and Streets g A 6