The Envision Coeur d’Alene Virtual Open House

(June 22 – July 5, 2021)

Closed, but the information remains available below

This is our last opportunity for in-depth public participation and we want your input! Since we kicked off Envision Coeur d’Alene in September 2019, there have been thousands of in-person and online conversations about the future of Coeur d’Alene. We are asking you to engage with us one more time through the Virtual Open House for a final review of draft Envision Coeur d’Alene Plan goals, objectives and future land uses.  We also need your help reviewing the proposed action items in the implementation plan and helping identify priorities for the next five years.  

The following sections step through each major element of the document. Choose your own path. 

Go to Step 1 to learn about the process.

Go to Step 2 to provide feedback by taking the priority survey or commenting on the future land use map.

The choice is yours. We want to hear what you think!


There’s a lot here so take your time and feel free to come back, you don’t need to do it all at once.

Step 1: Learn the process to create Envision Coeur d'Alene.


Envision Coeur d’Alene is a citywide plan and roadmap for our community’s future! This project is a collaboration between the City of Coeur d’Alene and CDA 2030 (a non-profit community visioning organization for greater Coeur d’Alene). For information about the public engagement that has informed the plan, check out this introduction video: Click here (opens in new window)


The Plan

Envision Coeur d’Alene is broken into four sections. Watch the following video to see how each section is organized and what it includes. Plan Background & Organization (opens in new window)


Part 1: Plan Background and Organization establishes the foundation of the plan and an overview of comprehensive planning requirements in Idaho. To view Part 1, click here EnvisionCDA: Part 1 (opens in new window)


Part 2: About Coeur d’Alene provides a general overview of the community demographics, city parks, neighborhoods, the transportation network, and includes economy and market position within the region. To view Part 2, click here EnvisionCDA: Part 2 (opens in new window)


Part 3: Policy Framework describes the Plan’s vision, six guiding principles, and supporting goals and objectives. We want your input and the best way to provide it is by taking the Policy Framework survey (see text box entitled "We Want Your Input on the Policy Framework" below to participate).  If you'd like a copy of the full Vision, Guiding Principles, Goals, Objectives, and Action Items including proposed lead and supporting partners, click the following link for a copy in PDF form.  Full Policy Framework including Actions (opens in new window) 


Part 4: Land Use and Design describes the existing land use patterns within the City and introduces a series of Place Types that will guide future growth within the Coeur d’Alene ACI. To view Part 4, click here We want your input. Click here to see more information EnvisionCDA: Part 4 (opens in new window)


  • Alternatives Analysis: Coeur d’Alene – Post Falls Potential Growth Area describes the analysis of 1100 acres owned by Lakeside Real Estate Holdings along Huetter Road west of the city limits north of I-90,  This area has been analyzed as part of the Envision Coeur d’Alene process as a potential growth area to ensure that as more detailed planning work for the area moves forward that each of the cities and the various agencies such as school districts, water districts, and the like will be able to consider the possibility of annexation of the area or a portion thereof.  To view the Alternatives Analysis, click here(opens in new window)

If you would like to provide feedback on Part 1, Part 2, and/or Part 4 please email Note that Part 3 is associated with the survey below.

Step 2: Two Areas to Provide Feedback:


2a. We Want Your Input on the Policy Framework and Priority Action Items

The Policy Framework is a critical part of the plan. It provides policy guidance for the City and also includes specific actions that will be completed over time. The action items will also be included in an Implementation Plan in the document, which is a state requirement, and community partners like CDA 2030 will be able to assist lead and supporting partners to implement key priority action items. Not everything will happen at once, and not all action items will be led by the city. This is a long-term vision that will take years to realize, and many community partners to tackle the priority action items.


What action items are the most pressing?
Complete the full survey OR skip actions and focus on the topics that matter most to you.

Help us prioritize recommended actions or tell us what’s missing. (opens in new window)

2b. We Want Your Input on the Future Land Use Map

How should Coeur d’Alene grow over time? The community has told us they want walkable neighborhoods with services, great parks and schools, and quiet neighborhoods. The Future Land Use Map establishes a vision for realizing that future.

Click here to watch a video about future land uses in Coeur d’Alene. (opens in new window)

What do you think? Click on the Future Land Use Map below to provide us your comments:



Talk to the Project Management Team

Sometimes you have questions that need a conversation. We are here for you! Attend one of our drop-in sessions to ask questions (register above) or schedule an in-person meeting with city staff.

To schedule an in-person meeting, contact the Planning Department at or call (208) 769-2274.

Thank you

After we collect the public input, we will be able to bring forward the information to the Planning Commission, City Council, and the CDA 2030 Board of Directors so that they can direct final changes to the document before we finalize it for public hearings and adoption. The public will be invited to participate in the public hearings for the project with the Planning Commission and City Council too, but we really want to get your input before we bring forward a document for adoption. This Virtual Open House is also an opportunity to ask questions of the project management team.

Launch Event

Imagine Coeur d’Alene in 20 years...

What is your vision for your community? 

Join us on September 26th!

The City of Coeur d’Alene, in partnership with CDA 2030, is hosting a public kick-off and visioning workshop for the Coeur d’Alene Comprehensive Plan. On September 26th, please join us for an evening of community discussion about potential visions and ideas to address future growth in Coeur d’Alene over the next 20 years. The workshop is family friendly and light refreshments will be provided.

Phase 1: Analyze Existing Policies and Conditions

This phase of the project includes review of existing documents for elements that should remain in the updated plan(s). Also, existing conditions for transportation and the region's economic climate will be completed to establish baseline results for future phases.

Phase 2: Visioning

Second, the City and CDA 2030 will produce a clear, validated picture of the city's future embodied by a succinct vision statement. This phase will involve extensive community engagement.

Phase 3: Planning

The third phase is the technical and analytical portion of the project, with consultant MIG focused on researching, modeling, mapping, and analyzing a number of topics including, but not limited to, the following: population growth, environmental sustainability and climate change, hazard mitigation, cultural and historical resources, and economics.

Phase 4: Land Use Modeling, Mapping, and Economic Analysis

Fourth, the City and MIG will explore and develop land use concepts and alternatives based on theory, data, and community preferences. A land use plan (including a land use map) will be developed, and an economic analysis will be performed on that plan.

Phase 5: Feedback & Refinement

A draft citywide plan will be presented to the community, and ultimately the City Council and CDA 2030 Board of Directors, for review and approval.

Approval and Publication

The final plan is scheduled to be approved and published by December 31, 2020.

Envision Coeur d’Alene Implementation

Following completion and approval of the Comprehensive Plan update, implementation begins January 2021.

Live Drop-In Sessions (Complete)


The live drop-in sessions included a presentation, project overview, information on how to participate in the Open House online survey and mapping exercise, with live Questions and Answers.  

Click links below to watch the virtual drop-in session recordings from June 23rd:


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