Our Missoula

Draft Maps Unveiled Nov. 12
Wednesday, John Lavey and Cameron Ellis of the Sonoran Institute unveiled the draft asset maps. Staff took comments and notes of other assets to include. See an interview with John Lavey. The final map presentation and report will be in January.
To learn more about this project, which is independently funded by the Sonoran Institute, see the Community Builder's  webpage . 
Wednesday, October 22 we had a great turnout of 65 community volunteers at the Focus Group Launch. Meeting times for the next five months are posted on the Focus Group Home Page, where you can find the most up-to-date information.

Listening Sessions 
We completed 30 listening sessions this summer, with over 300 people in attendance. Listening session notes and assets and challenges reports are posted on the resources page. Each report's Table of Contents lists and links to the topics. Watch and listen to the Listening Session Summary Video!

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 to maintaining and improving our 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.