What are the next steps?
The Missoula City Council will review the Our Missoula City Growth Policy Monday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 140 West Pine St. The Planning Board recommended adoption of the growth policy with some amendments. There is a summary of Planning Board motions here and a detailed set here. The full document, with planning board recommended amendments shown in color, can be found here.
The 'Our Missoula' City Growth Policy is the fundamental policy document that guides growth and development in Missoula. Citizen input flows through the document, providing continuity from the early education and engagement phases of the public involvement process through to developing policy directions, which empower community members with prioritized strategies and actions to reach a shared vision for the future.
The vision for Missoula in 2035, with supporting land use concepts, goals, objectives, and actions is one of managed growth while meeting the needs of the community's residents. Conservation of the qualities and characteristics that Missoulians value are fundamental to reaching a shared vision of a sustainable, livable community with a diversified economy, improved infrastructure and environmental quality, and affordable housing options for all.
Watch and listen to the Listening Session Summary Video!
Introduction (From May 2014)
Watch the above slideshow about the policy development process which broadly outlines the "what", "why" and "how" of creating a growth policy for the Missoula urban area. Our Missoula is your opportunity to exercise your right to help guide Missoula's future. Community leaders have held public workshops, neighborhood meetings, focus groups and listening sessions, also collecting ideas at public events and on-line forums. All with a goal to generate the input needed for a comprehensive visionary, fiscally responsible growth policy for Missoula. Required by state law, the policy focuses on six factors key to maintaining and improving our quality of life:
Through the growth policy public outreach process, citizens, government officials, and resource specialists will come together to formulate possible policies, actions, and implementation strategies to reinforce and enhance what Missoulians like about their community, while making thoughtful choices for our future. Upon completion, the new policy will replace the 1998 Missoula Urban Area Comprehensive Plan and the 2005 Missoula Growth Policy for the City. It will be an overarching guide for coordinated growth and community enhancement in the Missoula Urban Services Area.