COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: CHAPTER 4

OVERVIEW


“Quality of life” represents the social well-being of individuals in a community; “livability” is a term used to express the overall relationship between community members and the satisfaction they derive from their surroundings. Quality of life and livability factors can be both public service-related and derived from natural and constructed open space and amenities. Elements such as security, parks, trails, recreation, and natural resources contribute to the overall livability of an area. Quality of life factors have a direct connection to citizens’ health, happiness, and prosperity.

To enhance the Livable Community, the Plan encourages stewardship of natural features that define the community, such as open spaces and waterways. The Plan provides a setting for a safe and resilient community through crime prevention, sustainability, and emergency services. The community’s quality of life will be enhanced by the diversification and expansion of the renowned comprehensive parks and recreation system. The Plan promotes the acquisition and development of land, funding for maintenance and renovations, developing new parks, and the creation of new programs. This park system will be connected by new pathways, linking schools, parks, and commercial areas.

As part of the Livable Community vision, the following elements are included in this chapter:

  • Parks and Pathways
  • Stewardship
  • Public Safety

LIVABLE COMMUNITY VISION


A community of family-friendly, healthy, and engaging places.

PARKS AND PATHWAYS


INTRODUCTION

The Parks and Pathways element reflects the City’s dedication to providing a comprehensive parks and recreation system that contributes to the quality of life in Meridian and surrounding areas. As part of this section, the policy direction outlined in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Pathways Master Plan are summarized.

BACKGROUND

The City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining public open spaces and providing a quality system of parks and recreation facilities with leisure opportunities for all people in the community. The Department is also responsible for the implementation of the Pathway Master Plan, including some development and maintenance of priority pathways and key connections. The system as a whole is stronger and more sustainable when responsibility of development and maintenance of parks and pathways is shared between the City, developers, and homeowner associations.

This system consists of recreation and community facilities, pathways, and hundreds of acres of parkland. Parks and Recreation offers and manages a variety of recreational programs, adult sports leagues, and special events. Additionally, staff handles shelter/field reservations and assists in the issuance of temporary use permits.

The continued provision of high quality, year-round park and recreation facilities and activities requires the acquisition and development of land, funding for maintenance and renovations, and programming of activities. Developing new parks and expanding the existing park system with cutting-edge features like outdoor exercise equipment, pickleball courts, dog parks, destination playgrounds, and year-round programs is vital to keeping up with demand from growth.

The City also seeks to continue expanding its pathway system by coordinating new projects with regional partners, and providing safe, integrated pathways linking popular destinations such as schools and parks to neighborhood centers. Therefore, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Pathways Master Plan should be used when evaluating proposed development for consistency with the City’s plans. Refer to Chapter 6 for additional policies related to pathways, transportation, and connectivity.

A community of family-friendly, healthy, and engaging places.

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STEWARDSHIP


INTRODUCTION

The Stewardship element discusses the City’s ongoing commitment and obligation to be good stewards of the public trust. As part of this section, the natural and built environment, sustainability, hazardous areas, and historic resources are covered.

BACKGROUND

Productive agricultural soils, open space, vegetation, air, water, and energy are all valuable resources that the residents of Meridian enjoy and want to preserve. Beyond the environmental and health benefits realized from preserving the natural resources, preservation can offer exciting recreational opportunities, provide for pedestrian travel ways, and offer a simple break from the standard suburban affair. As growth continues however, increased pressures are placed on natural resources. While development is expected within the Area of City Impact, a maze of monotonous expansion is not desired, either. It is essential to find a balance that protects and preserves Meridian’s natural resources, agricultural heritage, and open spaces, while supporting the need for new development and sustainable provision of services.

Growth projected for Meridian emphasizes the need for attention to Meridian’s character, specifically its natural and historic resources. Meridian has seen much of its natural resources change over the years from agricultural open spaces to a growing city. Providing and protecting unique sites and resources will assure the quality of life that the residents have come to know and expect.

The City of Meridian is committed to creating balanced solutions; solutions that deliver services at levels citizens expect in an environmentally and socially responsible way; and ensuring the best economic choice in the long term. These fundamentals should balance the needs of protecting and enhancing the economy and preserving the natural and built environment today and for future generations.

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Public Safety


INTRODUCTION

The Public Safety element considers the City’s role and responsibility to maintain the public safety and welfare for Meridian residents. As part of this section, the function of the Police and Fire Departments, as well as the City’s approach to hazard preparedness and mitigation are discussed.

BACKGROUND

Fortunately, very few natural hazards exist within the City of Meridian and its Area of City Impact. However, there exists man-made hazards that may require both police and fire response. As more development occurs, responses to time sensitive emergencies and hazardous areas will likely increase due to residential build out, increased traffic congestion, growth of commercial and/or industrial business, and storage of hazardous chemicals associated with certain businesses. While federal regulations require some preventative measures with hazardous uses, as development increases so will the potential for spills, accidents, and fires. The City coordinates with Ada County Emergency Management on natural hazard disaster preparedness, response, and mitigation, and recovery, and is a participant in the Ada County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

With the rapid rate of growth, one would expect an increase in the number of crimes and vehicle collisions occurring in Meridian. The City takes great pride in the crime rate when compared to the dramatic increase in population. The rate of criminal offenses has remained lower than the national and state averages for several years. Going forward, continued coordination with the Fire and Police Departments is vital to ensure adequate services and resources are available for proposed annexation and development requests.

The Meridian Fire Department has been effectively serving the Meridian area since 1908, and is now a full-time all-hazards response department servicing both the City of Meridian and the Meridian Rural Fire District. Services provided by the department include fire suppression, advanced life support emergency medical service, technical rescue, community risk reduction, fire prevention education, fire and life safety inspections, and plans’ review for new developments and construction.

As the rate of growth increases, so too will the rate of requests for service from the community. The Meridian Fire and Police Departments’ will continue to be an important asset in development review and land use decisions, as they ensure that there is adequate access, service, and mitigation measures in place.

Making best use of the Fire and Police Departments’ obvious expertise in matters of safety is important in the planning and design of new facilities, services, and contingency/hazard response plans.

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Policy Table


Policies by Topic


ID Policy Section Section Symbols Type Chapter Priority Lead Support
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 FI, PR CD, FI, HR, AO, MO, PR
4.01.01 Increase appropriate partnerships within the community to provide programs and activities to the community. Parks and Pathways Q O 4 FI, PR CD, FI, AO, MO
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 On-going PR CD, FI
4.01.01B Identify desired sports facilities or complexes and establish partnerships that foster their development. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 High PR FI, MO
4.01.01C Continue to explore partnerships with alternative providers, such as schools, to increase level of service. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR CD, AO
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 On-going FI PR
4.01.02 Increase opportunities to fund programming, services, and facility improvements. Parks and Pathways Q O 4 FI, PR FI, AO, PR
4.01.02A Increase special event and activities sponsorships. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR AO
4.01.02B Pursue grant and philanthropic opportunities at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR FI
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 Medium FI PR
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 Medium PR FI
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 Low PR FI, AO
4.01.02F Explore the use of digital displays to show showcase and advertise City events near parks. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 Low PR AO
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 PR FI, HR
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 On-going PR IT
4.01.03B Staff appropriately to meet demand and maintain established quality of service. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR FI
4.01.03C Expand and improve the volunteer program to meet growing needs. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR HR
4.02.00 Provide for park acquisition and maintenance to meet projected city and population growth and demands. Parks and Pathways Q G 4 FI, PR CD, FI, AO, MO
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 FI, PR CD, FI, AO, MO
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 On-going FI PR
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 On-going PR FI
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 On-going PR CD
4.02.01D Look for opportunities to add parks and pathways in new growth areas. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR FI, AO, MO
4.02.01E Consider population/housing density and accessibility when acquiring future land for parks and recreation. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR CD
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 PR FI, MO
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 On-going PR FI
4.02.02B Continue to monitor recreational trends to stay current with programming and demand. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR MO
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 On-going PR FI
4.02.03 Monitor and evaluate the use, demands, and trends of recreation components. Parks and Pathways Q O 4 PR FI, MO
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 On-going PR FI, MO
4.03.00 Maintain and improve the user experience and awareness of recreational facilities, amenities, and programs. Parks and Pathways Q G 4 PR CD, IT, AO, MO
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 PR CD, IT, AO, MO
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 Very High PR CD, AO, MO
4.03.01B Continue to look for opportunities to expand programs around working hours and commuting citizens. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR MO
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 On-going PR MO
4.03.01D Set targets, identify gaps, and deploy programs, activities, and events that provide multigenerational recreational opportunities. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR IT, MO
4.03.01E Support symbiotic uses of facilities through programs that encourage community interactions. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR MO
4.03.02 Add destination park amenities that uniquely blend arts, entertainment, and culture. Parks and Pathways Q O 4 PR FI, MO
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 High PR FI, MO
4.03.02B Foster development of discovery-oriented parks that uniquely blend arts, entertainment, and culture. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 High PR FI, MO
4.04.00 Develop a connected, comfortable, and comprehensive network of multi-purpose pathways. Parks and Pathways Q G 4 PR CD
4.04.01 Seamlessly connect local pathways with regionally significant pathways. Parks and Pathways Q O 4 PR CD
4.04.01A Ensure that new development and subdivisions connect to the pathway system. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 Very High PR CD
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 Very High PR CD
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 Very High PR CD
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 PR CD
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 Very High PR CD
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 Very High PR CD
4.04.02C Continue partnerships with area irrigation districts to continue to expand pathway system along existing waterways. Parks and Pathways Q A 4 On-going PR CD
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 PR CD, FD, MO, PD
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 High PR CD
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 High PR MO
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 High PR FD, PD
4.05.00 Preserve, protect, enhance, and wisely use natural resources. Stewardship ] G 4 CD, MO, PR, PW CD, FI, AO, PR, PW
4.05.01 Protect and enhance existing waterways, groundwater, wetlands, wildlife habitat, air, soils, and other natural resources. Stewardship ] O 4 CD, PR, PW CD
4.05.01A Identify waterways, wetlands, other natural resources, viewsheds, and natural features of topographic interest for preservation. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW CD
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 Medium PR CD
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 On-going CD
4.05.01D Improve and protect creeks and other natural waterways throughout commercial, industrial, and residential areas. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going CD
4.05.01E Assess environmental impact of potential new development, infill, and redevelopment. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going CD
4.05.01F Preserve, protect, and provide open space for recreation, conservation, and aesthetics. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going CD
4.05.01G Support a long-term transportation system that conforms to the public health standard for carbon monoxide attainment. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going CD
4.05.02 Protect Meridian's surface water quality. Stewardship ] O 4 CD, PW CD, FI, AO, PR, PW
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 Medium PW
4.05.02B Provide incentives for developers to grant conservation easements along creek-side corridors. Stewardship ] A 4 Medium CD FI, AO, PR, PW
4.05.02C Encourage the incorporation of creek corridors as amenities in development design. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going CD
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 Low CD
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 On-going CD
4.05.02F Promote the increase of permeable areas through sound site design and use of materials that limit stormwater runoff. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW CD
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 CD, MO CD
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 On-going CD
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 High MO CD
4.05.03C Support appropriate agriculture operations within the Area of City Impact as a source of locally grown food. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going MO CD
4.05.03D Consider public support for funding to preserve open space as part of permanent land trust. Stewardship ] A 4 Very High CD MO
4.06.00 Improve air quality and reduce air pollution in the Meridian and Treasure Valley airshed. Stewardship ] G 4 CD, PW, FI, MO All, FD
4.06.01 Protect public health by reducing ozone, fine particulate matter and other greenhouse gases and toxics in the air. Stewardship ] O 4 CD, PW, MO All, FD
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 On-going CD
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 On-going CD
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 On-going CD
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 Medium PW
4.06.01E Convert appropriate municipal fleet vehicles to low-emission/alternative fuel vehicles when feasible. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW All
4.06.01F Participate with Ada County in publicizing burning bans when necessary. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going MO FD
4.07.00 Reduce energy consumption in municipal facilities and operations; provide leadership in promoting energy conservation throughout the City. Stewardship ] G 4 PW, CD CD, FI, MO, PW
4.07.01 Provide City services in an environmentally sustainable and cost effective manner. Stewardship ] O 4 PW, CD CD, FI, MO, PW
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 On-going PW FI
4.07.01B Support construction projects that demonstrate an innovative and effective approach to stormwater management and Low Impact Development. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW CD
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 On-going PW MO
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 On-going PW MO
4.07.01E Build public facilities that utilize energy conservation technologies. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW MO
4.07.01F Adopt and implement guidelines and standards for energy conservation practices. Stewardship ] A 4 Low PW
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 On-going PW CD, MO
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 Low PW
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 On-going CD PW
4.07.01J Identify funding sources and appropriate partners to stimulate energy efficient retrofits in existing housing stock. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going CD FI, PW
4.08.00 Responsibly treat wastewater for current and future users by focusing on stewardship and fiscal and environmental sustainability. Stewardship ] G 4 PW CD
4.08.01 Protect public health and watersheds through adequate treatment and disposal of wastewater. Stewardship ] O 4 PW
4.08.01A Implement and maintain the Public Works Department's Sewer Master Plan and Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility Plan. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW
4.08.02 Provide cost effective and environmentally sustainable wastewater service to citizens and business. Stewardship ] O 4 PW CD
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 On-going PW CD
4.09.00 Provide ample and clean water to the citizens of Meridian in perpetuity. Stewardship ] G 4 PW CD, MO, FI
4.09.01 Protect the quality of source water. Stewardship ] O 4 PW CD
4.09.01A Ensure that new development is connected to the City's sanitary sewer system (no septic systems). Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW CD
4.09.01B Develop a source water protection plan. Stewardship ] A 4 High PW CD
4.09.02 Provide water in a cost effective and healthy manner. Stewardship ] O 4 PW
4.09.02A Develop and implement a water supply master plan. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW
4.09.02B Assess and provide new water sources. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW
4.09.03 Conserve existing water supplies. Stewardship ] O 4 PW, CD MO, PW
4.09.03A Implement and maintain the Public Works Department Water Conservation Plan. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW
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 On-going PW
4.09.03C Maintain a public outreach program on water conservation. Stewardship ] A 4 On-going PW MO
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 On-going CD PW
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 CD, PW CD, FD, MO, PD, PW
4.10.01 Reduce the threat of loss of life and property from hazards. Public Safety = O 4 CD, PW CD, FD, MO, PD, PW
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 Very High PW CD
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 On-going PW CD, FD, PD
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 On-going CD PD, FD
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 On-going CD MO
4.10.01E Identify and protect areas below canals and laterals that could be damaged if the slope is compromised. Public Safety = A 4 On-going CD PW
4.10.01F Identify target hazards based on commercial/industrial occupancy type. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD PD
4.10.01G Encourage the installation of residential fire sprinklers as part of a comprehensive fire safe community effort. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD CD
4.10.01H Develop lot grading, dust, and drainage standards for residential development to mitigate slope erosion and protect property. Public Safety = A 4 Very High PW CD, AO
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 FD, PD CD, CO, FD, MO, PR, PD
4.11.01 Ensure the capability to direct, control, and coordinate emergency response and recovery operations. Public Safety = O 4 FD, PD CD, MO
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 On-going FD, PD
4.11.01B Assess and compare response times to adopted standards for identification of additional needed resources. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD, PD CD, MO
4.11.01C Identify future and current fire and police station locations based on adopted service level standards and goals. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD, PD
4.11.01D Prioritize the location of future fire and police stations on collectors to eliminate access issues on arterials. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD, PD
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 On-going FD, PD CD, MO
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 On-going PD
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 PD, FD
4.11.02A Develop programs, in partnership with allied agency responders, which focus on preventative emergency medical services risk reduction. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD, PD
4.11.02B Coordinate Fire and Police Department planning, training, and response efforts with neighboring jurisdictions. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD, PD
4.11.02C Coordinate with Meridian Rural Fire Protection District as growth occurs in the Area of City Impact. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD
4.11.02D Help educate and curtail the rate of drug, alcohol, tobacco and other substance use. Public Safety = A 4 On-going PD
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 On-going PD
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 On-going PD
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 On-going PD
4.11.03 Ensure that quality fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services are provided within Meridian. Public Safety = O 4 FD CD, CO, PR, PD
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 On-going FD CD
4.11.03B Develop contingency plans for special events to ensure adequate fire and emergency medical services. Public Safety = A 4 On-going FD CO, PR, PD
4.11.04 Provide quality police services for public health, safety, and welfare throughout the community. Public Safety = O 4 PD CO, FD, PR
4.11.04A Develop contingency plans for special events to ensure adequate police protection. Public Safety = A 4 On-going PD CO, FD, PR
4.11.04B Support and cooperate with federal, state, and local public safety agencies. Public Safety = A 4 On-going PD
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 On-going PD
4.11.04D Continue coordinating with the Idaho Humane Society to ensure delivery of services. Public Safety = A 4 On-going PD

Note: The Policy Table above depicts policies for this Chapter only. Too review policies for the entire Plan, see the Implementation Table.