What are the next steps?
Planning Board Public Hearing is on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m., in the Missoula City Council Chambers, 140 W Pine Street. The agenda and supporting documents can be found here. Your attendance and comments are encouraged.
Overall, this process is expected to continue through the end of 2015. The draft is ready for public hearings and Planning Board review, and City Council consideration by the end of 2015. The date for the City Council meeting is yet to be determined.
The Growth Policy planning process is almost complete. The final 'Our Missoula' City Growth Policy (Draft) is available for your review and comment here. Comments will be accepted between September 15, 2015 and September 30, 2015.
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.