Sandpoint's Downtown Streets Revitalization-form Concept to Implementation

APA Idaho


Thursday, October 12, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. MDT

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1.      How the session relates to the “Plan Big” theme.

The downtown two-way streets conversion and revitalization project is the one of the biggest changes that the City of Sandpoint has seen in decades.  Project planning began in 2000 and has continued through several community-wide planning projects with the latest plan and design guide that was adopted in 2012.  At this same time, the Highway 95 byway—one of the largest highway infrastructure projects in the State’s history was opened for traffic.  The more recent re-routing of Highway 2 has enabled the two-way streets conversion and created the opportunity for implementation of all aspects of this long awaited vision.  Funded primarily by the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency, the subsequent planned improvements are intended to further enhance Downtown Sandpoint as a destination for both residents and visitors.

2.      How the session meets a specific planning-related training objective.

This presentation will incorporate several planning related training objectives related to public outreach, transportation, place-making, tactical urbanism, economic development, parking, storm water management and urban design.  The Downtown Sandpoint Plan and resulting design documents incorporate all of these elements.  Session attendees will learn how the City and contracted engineers balanced all of these aspects together and the public outreach that got to where the City is today.

 3.     How the session will offer a professionally relevant learning experience for a planner with at least 4 years of experience.

Planning and implementing a project of this magnitude involves many different players and has spanned over a significant timeframe.  Attendees will learn how the City of Sandpoint continually engaged with local citizens and stakeholders, the Idaho Transportation Department and the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency, despite leadership changes within the City through a robust long-term planning and financing effort.




Aaron Qualls

Confirmed Speaker

Aaron Qualls, Planning & Economic Development Director for the City of Sandpoint, ID Aaron arrived in Sandpoint in 2006, lured by the recreational amenities and creative community spirit. Since arriving, Aaron has served as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner from 2010 to 2012 and as a Sandpoint City Council Member from ... Read More

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Diane Kushlan,