Since June 2014, the Planning Division of Development Services has been working on a new Growth Policy for the City. This is the Our Missoula Project. Hundreds of comments have been collected from community members during various outreach activities including markets, festivals, and presentations. We conducted 28 listening sessions on the various topics that can be addressed in the community plan, ranging from economic development to social services, and taking on topics like arts and culture as well as aging needs. You can listen and view a 13-minute summary of the sessions. Additionally, we completed the Missoula Asset Mapping project, about which you can read on the Community Builder's website.
Focus groups met over the fall and winter of 2014 to consider this information and draft policy statements for the plan. In meetings this spring and summer, the steering committee met to review the focus group ideas.
Community Open House Thank you to everyone who attended and gave input at the Open House, Thursday, April 30. If you missed it and want to have a look at the information, go to our Virtual Open House web page!
What are the next steps?
Through the summer of 2015, Planning staff are compiling the comprehensive draft documents with focus group and steering committee idea in mind. Overall, this process is expected to continue through the end of 2015. The Planning Division hopes to have a draft plan ready in the fall for public hearings and planning board review, and City Council consideration by the end of 2015.
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.