Our Missoula

Community Assets Mapping Project
We are pleased to announce that 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.
To learn more about this project, which is being independently funded by the Sonoran Institute, see the Community Builder's  webpage and see our project flyer for a calendar of events.

THANK YOU MISSOULIANS!   We have completed 28 listening sessions, with over 300 people in attendance. Our final listening session, Older Adults - held in partnership with Missoula Aging Services, was just great! 
The July listening session notes are posted. We are excited by the number of folks who have signed up for a focus group.  You can still volunteer by signing up on our Volunteer Interest Form. We will formalize those groups at the end of September and early October and contact volunteers about the October 22 kick-off plenary meeting from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at City Council Chambers.  Details to come.
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?
Listening sessions will wrap up in September and now include an Older Adults Perspective session September 24. Over the summer, staff has been gathering public input via tabling events around town and the Web and assembling the existing conditions reports, creating a community profile.
The next major public outreach push is to formalize the focus groups in late September/ October and launch the groups mid-October.  Focus Groups will meet once a month for six months. At the end of the six months (mid April), there will be additional review of the Focus Group recommendations through the Steering Committee and planning staff and ultimately by Planning Board and then City Council. Here's a timeline graphic to take the project through the rest of 2014.

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.