The Institute for Urban and Regional Planning is anticipated to be a collaborative effort between academic, development, and professional planning communities of interest. If successful, the institute over time would transition to a professional planning school served by 5 faculty and 25 graduate students per year.
"Idaho has no training ground for planners, nor does it have a central clearinghouse where planning professionals can go for growth and planning information. The Boise metro area is the third-largest in the Northwest, and Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Kuna and Ada and Canyon counties all need qualified planners to guide growth.
Boise State University is aiming to remedy the situation with the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning. The program would serve two purposes: train planners and provide research and resources for local and regional planners and governments."
Thanks to Jon Cecil, AICP