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Smart Growth

Connecting McCall: Concept Plans for Lardo and West Valley

Concerned with growth pressures and the potential for development inconsistent with its character along the new East-West Loop Road, the city of McCall, Idaho, applied to EPA for Smart Growth Implementation Assistance to create a vision for development at two sites along the road. Instead of allowing strip development along the loop road that would detract from the city's character and possibly clog the road with traffic, the city sought to plan for attractive and functional development that could serve the surrounding neighborhoods.

EPA assembled a team to work with city officials, local leaders, community representatives, and others to create a vision for the development at two sites along the road. As part of those meetings and consultations, the team prepared concept plans illustrating approaches that would help produce the results that McCall is seeking near the Loop Road. Community leaders decided to adopt designs from this workshop in their comprehensive plan.

Connecting McCall: Concept Plans for Lardo and West Valley (2005) summarizes the team’s work with the city and residents, presents the resulting concept plans, and discusses options the city could use to move toward implementing the plans.

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