Community and Regional Planning
Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice
Read the Mayor's welcome and learn how The Department of Community and Regional Planning contributes to the quality of life in Boise. Read More
Engagement in the Community
Dr. Pengyu Zhu, Assistant Professor, works with Boise's Greenbelt users during 2013's survey to collect data to be used in management decisions.
The students have created this blog as a way to develop modern community skills and critical thinking abilities that are vital to the planning profession in all sectors. Check it out at http://boiseplanning.wordpress.com/.
Connected to the Planning Profession
The Department was well represented at the 2013 APA Idaho Conference in Idaho Falls. One of our students, Paul Morrow, won the Student Honor Award for his cutting-edge work with a local planning organization.
Reward for Excellence
Outstanding student and faculty work gets published in The Blue Review, a journal of popular scholarship published by the Boise State University College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.
Most courses are co-taught. Here, Dr. Jaap Vos joined Dr. Ashley's CRP 501 course to talk about his specialty, environmental planning.
State of the Art Research and Facilities
Our 3D Visualization Lab enables cutting edge visualization in three dimensional settings. In addition, students attend courses in the Community and Regional Planning Design Lab in Downtown Boise.
Welcome to the Department of Community and Regional Planning!
Planners are dedicated to the improvement of communities, regions, natural resources and the quality of life for those who live in these communities and regions. At Boise State, we want to inspire good planning practices in the growing metropolitan Boise region, the State of Idaho and the Intermountain West.
The Department’s mission is to increase the planning capacity of the West through leveraging research, teaching, and community engagement. A challenge in doing so is that communities and regions face significant social, political and economic constraints whether they are a rural community, a growing suburban area or a medium sized city. The Department’s curriculum is sensitive to these realities and prepares students to take on a range of positions, including a public planner in a resort town, a community development activist, a private planning consultant, a policy analyst for government entity, or a strategic planner for a corporation and foundation.