Our Missoula

Community Assets Mapping Project
The Sonoran Institute, via its Community Builders initiative, is assisting in the growth policy update via a project called Assets Mapping. Assets Mapping is a values-based approach to community engagement that uses citizen input to identify and visualize physical assets within the community. Ultimately, asset mapping results in a series of maps that depict the location of assets, including where they overlap.

November 12, we will unveil the draft asset maps. From noon to 9pm we will hold an open-house for folks to mull over the maps combined with 10-minute presentations spaced throughout the day. Open house will be in the Jack Reidy Conference Room, 140 W. Pine Street.
To learn more about this project, which is independently funded by the Sonoran Institute, see the Community Builder's  webpage . Moreover, submit your photo comment and/or assets & challenge survey through November 5.  
OCTOBER 22, 5:30-7:30 PM

We formalized the focus groups and contacted volunteers forthe October 22 kick-off plenary meeting from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at City Council Chambers. If you signed up and were not contacted, please let us know! The meeting agenda is posted! Bring your calendar! We are excited to get these groups rolling! You can still sign up with our Volunteer Interest Form

Listening Sessions 
We completed 30 listening sessions this summer, with ove 300 people in attendance.The listening session notes for July,  August and the Chamber of Commerce are now posted. September will come soon.
No doubt some folks were unable to make it to the session and would like to submit some on-topic comments.  You can follow up on our comment page.  We'd love to hear from you.

2014 Timeline

2014 Timeline
What are the next steps in the Our Missoula Project?
With the Listening Sessions wrapped up, the next major public outreach push is to formalize the focus groups which commence October 22.  Focus Groups will meet once a month for six months and will have the use of Resource Team members and Planning Staff. During those six months, there will be additional review of the Focus Group recommendations through the Steering Committee. Recommendations will ultimately move on to Planning Board and then City Council. We are also in the process of creating existing conditions reports as a baseline for making community goals and objectives. Here's a timeline graphic to take the project through the rest of 2014. For more information on the Focus Groups and the process see our links.
Lastly, a reminder that this is a one to two year process, estimated to wrap up at the end of 2015.
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 will hold public workshops, neighborhood meetings, focus groups and listening sessions. They'll collect 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 maintaining and improving quality of life: 
Community Design
Connectivity, building form, transportation, city-county interface, land use
Economic Health
Industries, jobs, wages, fiscal sustainability, technology infrastructure, business support
Environmental Quality
Air, water, climate, hazards, local food, urban forest, open space
affordability, choice, student impact, fairness, homelessness
neighborhoods, historic preservation, education, social services and quality of life amenities
Safety and Wellness
fire and police services, utilities, recreation, emergency preparedness, health care facilities

Check out this 17-minute video of planning section manager Laval Means describing the emerging process to Community Forum.

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.