POCATELLO — A joint project from the city of Pocatello Planning & Development Services and Public Works Departments, Community Builders, Team Better Block and Idaho State University is getting praise from the Gem State’s planning community.

At the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Annual Conference, the group bestowed the 2019 Public Outreach Award to the project partners for the Terry First effort. The honor highlights “a plan, project or process that meaningfully engaged the public through information, consultation, coordination, collaboration and/or empowerment means.”

“The award acknowledges the many outreach methods used to engage citizens, business owners, ISU faculty and students with project partners in cultivating a vision for the Terry First corridor in only five months,” said Matthew Lewis, senior planner with the city of Pocatello. “This project exemplified a cooperative working relationship among numerous city departments, ISU faculty and students, Bannock Transportation Planning Organization, Idaho Transportation Department District 5, business and property owners and the many community volunteers.”

The Terry First project worked with local residents and business owners to create a vision for the Terry Street/South First Avenue corridor that will spur economic development, support redevelopment, increase bicycle and pedestrian mobility and improve the connection between ISU and Old Town Pocatello. The demonstration effort culminated with a Build a Better Block event in August 2018 that saw residents test out and provide feedback on a host of temporary improvements including pop-up shops, parklets and a stage with seating, as well as landscaping and public art.

“One of the immediate results from Terry First is the permanent display of the paintings created by Idaho State University art students for the Build a Better Block event,” Lewis said. “The new art has increased interest for additional placement of art in the Warehouse District.”

A final report summarizing the project was created by Community Builders and Team Better Block. The document will help guide planning decisions for the Warehouse District in the short, medium and long term.

For more information on the Planning & Development Services Department, visit pocatello.us/pds.