Community and Economic Development

CED Diagram ImageIn 2011, after much strategic planning, the City of Hayden adopted an Economic Development Plan.  The program is focused on the sectors shown in the diagram on the right.  Since the time of adoption, the City has implemented several programs aimed at Economic Development as well as Community Development projects.  Some are as follows:

  • Deconstruction/Reconstruction of City Code:  Seven different sets of code amendments have been implemented that have been vital to the function and future success of businesses in the City of Hayden’s commercial, industrial and residential districts.
  • ABC Partnership Grant:  The Future Frontiers initiative by Hayden, Rathdrum, and Post Falls develops a Community Revitalization Plan that supports the development manufacturing, research & development and other activities and uses for autonomously piloted air, land and sea vehicles.  The Cities have made it to a group of 50 quarter finalists from a pool of 350+ submissions racing to obtain a $10 million grant from Frontier Communications!
  • Strategic Transportation Planning:  As an incentive for development as well as to reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs, the City’s Transportation Plan was drastically revised with a street diet that eliminated large, land consumptive tracts of street right-of-way and instead recognized the built environment.  Many  development projects that were stalled for years have now moved forward with development because of this.
  • Strategic Sewer Planning:  By analyzing and reassessing capital sewer plans, the City has found ways to temporarily transfer sewer into basins that already contain collection pipes and lift stations and thereby allow areas that are not currently sewered to move forward with development.  The money generated as these properties develop can then be reinvested in the future infrastructure necessary to continue building out the previously un-sewered area.  An example of this is the H-6 basin, where the City has borrowed capacity from the H-2 basin and in doing so, has opened up industrial, commercial and residentially zoned lands for development, all at a cost of less than $1 million, versus the $10+ million originally planned for. 
  • Development Review Streamlining:  The City worked with the City of Spokane Valley to develop a similar same, day streamlined review process.  Additionally, development review processes that were outsourced to several consultants have been narrowed in focus.  The City now offers a fantastic revamped pre-development meeting process and highly encourages applicants, buyers and anyone else to reach out to the City to participate in this.  It literally can save you millions by providing you with timely, thorough, and accurate information about development requirements and fees. 
  • Partnerships:  By working with the Hayden Urban Renewal Agency the City has been able to remediate several blighted properties in the City’s downtown, thereby opening the properties to commercial redevelopment opportunities and fostering an environment for the private development community to invest in redevelopment.  A public parking lot to assist with downtown redevelopment efforts has also been constructed.  By partnering with urban renewal and private developers, the valuable tool of Tax Increment Financing is also being employed to aid with sewer infrastructure in accordance with the City’s strategic sewer plans.  The City also works closely with Jobs Plus on business recruitment, retention and expansion and with Panhandle Area Council on grant and other funding initiatives.
  • Downtown Planning:  By working through a hefty series of code revisions, including one which eliminated Downtown design and siting standards that were extremely difficult to achieve, the City made major headway in opening the Downtown for redevelopment.  The City is now working with urban renewal to develop a new Downtown Plan that is based in the economic reality of what types of land uses and developments will be attracted to Hayden.  Additionally, this plan re-districts the downtown, taking into consideration the critical mass needed to develop a restaurant and retail development area as well as areas needed for professional office development, mixed uses, and multi-family housing oriented toward the retirees and others entering into this market sector.  This plan will also drive strategic reinvestment in the City’s downtown by the urban renewal agency.   In 2015, the City will be completing a master planning process for the City Hall park which will assist with implementation of this project.
  • Annexation:   The City  completed annexation of close to 600 acres of land containing commercial, industrial, and residentially zoned lands and has been working diligently on strategic planning to provide services to these properties..
  • Strategic Property Acquisition and Sales:  City-owned property was identified, analyzed and in one case, sold.  The revenue from the sale has been used to purchase property that will eventually house the City’s Public Works operations, moving the Street crew and Parks crews from valuable land in the City center.  This will allow for implementation of the City Hall Park redesign and well as the Downtown Plan update—all in all, sale of land has been a valuable tool for community development efforts in the City’s Downtown.
  • Stoddard Park and Chomper Café:  Before Stoddard Park was built, a lot of thought went into the design and turning this into a community and economic development opportunity site.  The park was designed to capitalize on the historic dairy farm that used to be present on the site, a former hallmark of the rapidly developing Rathdrum Prairie!.   By designing the park to include a food vendor, a small stage with a gathering area, picnic shelters, and future access to the big red barn and outbuilding, the design of the park allows the City lease opportunities which will also generate revenue for the City.   A fantastic food vendor was found for the former house on the site, and as a result, the Chomper Café was born!  Chomper Café and Stoddard Park also showcase for a community development effort aimed at cultural connections and identity in the photo series which can be found on display in the Café, depicting the historical farms, farming practices, and the families that made their living on the Rathdrum Prairie.  In the future, interpretive signage will be located throughout the park with carefully researched information from the City’s Historic Commission about historic farming.  This project allows us,  along with our families and friends,   to reconnect with their past;  enhancing the opportunity for storytelling and historical connections; thereby helping us to better understand who we are  and more this fantastic place called Hayden!