Idaho

  • West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy Published

    Logan Simpson’s Community Planning Team facilitated the development of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy.  The Strategy represents the first time communities within the two-county area collaborated to develop an action-oriented, regional plan that nurtures a diverse economy while honoring the area’s socio-economic heritage. read more

  • Logan Simpson Design Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

    Environmental planning and landscape architecture firm Logan Simpson Design Inc. is celebrating 23 years this week. In August, LSD celebrated the first-year anniversary of our Fort Collins office with an open house.

    “We have been servicing the Intermountain West from our Tempe, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah offices for the past nine years, and decided in 2012 to open offices in Fort Collins, adding value through proximity and local knowledge,” said Diane Simpson-Colebank, CEO and president. “We’ve had fantastic business growth since then, and would like to thank all our clients and partners for their continuous support.”

    As is tradition, Principals Diane Simpson-Colebank, Wayne Colebank, Greg Brown, Eileen Bailey, Tom Keith, Bruce Meighen, and Jana McKenzie will distribute gifts to employees this week to show their appreciation.

    LSD’s in-house interdisciplinary staff includes:

    • Environmental planners
    • Landscape architects
    • Archaeologists
    • Historians
    • Biologists
    • Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting specialists
    • Visual resources specialists
    • Public involvement specialists
    • GIS/graphics specialists
    • Construction inspectors
  • Teton County Community Planning Wins APA Award

    The American Planning Association recently awarded the Teton County Comprehensive Plan the Idaho Public Outreach Award.  The plan was completed by a team including LSD and Harmony Design & Engineering.

    Teton County is an undiscovered gem on the western slope of the Teton Range with breathtaking mountain views, pristine resources, a friendly community and world class outdoor recreation opportunities.  From 2000 to 2010, Teton County was one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. However, under the previous, controversial comprehensive plan the County experienced its largest-ever development boom/bust cycle, resulting in inefficient, fiscally irresponsible and unsustainable development patterns.

    Initiated in 2011, this comprehensive plan process emphasized the opportunity to outline a new direction for the County based on lessons learned from the past and from other western communities.  This process represented western, grassroots planning at its best; resulting in a landscape-based approach to development levels and incentives and an implementation framework aimed at creating actionable change and an economically resilient County.  Central to the success of the comprehensive plan was its grassroots public outreach, used a “bottom-up” approach, involving citizen committees made up of over 80 dedicated volunteers representing the breadth of community values.  In addition to the citizen committees, engagement efforts included public workshops; open houses; stakeholder interviews; a mobile “plan van”; online surveys; events; landowner workshops; newspaper articles; and a dedicated website.  Through these efforts, more than 4,000 comments were received, with a significant portion of the County’s 10,000 residents participating.  In August 2012, the plan was unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.