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Community and Regional Planning

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    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

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    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.

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    Engaged Students

    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Integrated Curriculum

    Most courses are co-taught. Here, Dr. Jaap Vos joined Dr. Ashley's CRP 501 course to talk about his specialty, environmental planning.

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    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 west tends to conjure images of wide-open spaces, cowboys, gold rushes, distant mountain ranges and National Parks. Yet the suburbanization that has occurred throughout much of the United States has now spread over to the foothills and canyons bringing with it immense challenges that the region is generally ill equipped to handle. Probably more than anywhere else, the harsh and fragile environment requires thoughtful development that is sensitive to the surrounding natural landscape. In addition, increasing sprawl, lack of affordable housing and congestion are changing the quality-of-life and collective mentality of Western inhabitants.

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.