On March 25, 2020, Governor Brad Little issued a stay-at-home order for the State of Idaho.  Pursuant to that order, the Community Development Services Department (CDS) has made changes to it’s operations, but is also working to make sure essential operations continue.  The Governor’s order included construction activity as an essential service.  To support those activities, CDS will continue to conduct plan reviews, issue permits, inspect projects, and hold public meetings via internet and phone.  The doors to our building will be locked, but our staff is still prepared to provide as much service as we can.  Please contact a staff member via the staff directory link to the right if you have further questions.

The Planning Division works with the Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and City Council to administer the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance. The Planning Division assists the Planning & Zoning Commission to prepare and implement the Comprehensive Plan, a general guide for future growth and development of the city adopted by the Mayor and City Council. Our goal is to assist elected decision makers in the development of a plan for the city's future which reflects the vision, needs and values of the citizens of Idaho Falls.

Sign up for Project Tracking

Our new ETRAKiT system will allow you to apply for projects, submit plans and check the status of your project throughout the review phase. If you do not have your login information, please contact the Building Division to get started.

Public Hearing Schedule

Northgate/1st Street Area Plan

  The Northgate/1st Street corridors are unique places within the City of Idaho Falls.  These areas also have unique challenges and opportunities.  The City would like to begin a dialog about these areas with stakeholders and the community.                                                                                                                                          The City is conducting these area planning activities to establish a vision and action plan to assist in maintaining neighborhood integrity, retaining business activity, preserving the historic character, while also creating a strategy to attract redevelopment and reinvestment in these three focus areas.  Each area has its own unique character, land use mix, and redevelopment challenges and opportunities.  The City desires community involvement and a comprehensive approach to community planning so that each focus area is distinctive while blending with the adjacent focus areas and neighborhoods.

 March 4th Community Events

 Discovery Walking Tour @ 3:30 p.m.  Tour will begin on the sidewalk in front of Chapolera Coffee Company, 335 1st Street

Public Engagement Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.  Pinecrest Colf Course Clubhouse, 701 E Elva Street

 Funding Background:  The City is using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant money to finance this planning endeavor. The U.S. EPA awarded a $600,000 Coalition Assessment Grant to the City and its coalition partners (Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency and Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization).  Grant assistance may be used to finance area-wide planning (AWP) efforts to enhance environmental and public health, boost the economy and support community development goals.

Idaho Falls is a steadily growing community and smart growth requires a thorough understanding of the social and economic conditions of the area. Aiding this understanding is the 2014 Social and Economic Profile, a document adopted as part of the City of Idaho Falls Comprehensive Plan. It provides details on a range of data but keys in on three specific areas: population & demographics, housing and local economy & employment. The following link provides a dashboard which dives further into these topics through an interactive data-driven experience: Social and Economic Profile Dashboard