In 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:
- Imagine Hayden: During the coming months the City will be updating the long range plans for the City of Hayden, and this is your opportunity to participate in the process to Imagine Hayden. Visit our site dedicated to this project : IMAGINE HAYDEN.
- Annexation: As the City processes annexations of land containing commercial, industrial, and residentially zoned lands, strategic planning occurs to provide needed services to these properties.
- Development Review Streamlining: The City offers a no-cost pre-development meeting process and highly encourages applicants, buyers and anyone else to reach out to the City to participate. It literally can save you millions by providing you with timely, thorough, and accurate information about development requirements and fees.
- Hayden City Code Revisions: Various 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.
- Long Range Planning: The City maintains long range plans to encompass its vision and mission for the City of Hayden.
- 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.
- Stoddard Park and Chomper Café: Before Stoddard Park was constructed a great deal of planning went into the design to turn 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 provided 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 Preservation 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 importantly this fantastic place called Hayden!
- 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—all in all, sale of land has been a valuable tool for community development efforts in the City’s Downtown.