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Growing Pains: Affordability And Planning For Future Growth In Canyon County

Kate Talerico
Idaho Statesman
Road work is underway throughout Nampa as the city tries to accommodate the new growth. Nampa has considered raising its impact fees to help fund road improvements.

Idaho Matters is continuing our "Growing Pains" series on growth and affordability issues facing the Treasure Valley, one of the fastest growing places in the country. Today, we’re spending time in Canyon County to better understand how cities like Nampa and Caldwell are approaching this topic.


To help us get started, we talk with Zoe Ann Olson from the Intermountain Fair Housing Council. She tells us how discrimiation issues can be tied to affordable housing, and her concerns about gentrification in Canyon County — which is home to the largest population of Latinos by county in Idaho.



This interview is part of our new series called "Growing Pains." The series explores stories and issues surrounding the Treasure Valley's rapid growth and increasing unafforability. Subscribe to our podcast to hear every interview, and download the Boise State Public Radio app to send us a voice message using our Talk To Us feature.

Support for "Growing Pains" comes from Broadcast Society members Jennifer Dickey and Andy Huang.  Member support is what makes these interviews possible. Support this coverage here.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!