Current Projects

Fort Missoula

Fort Missoula Hare Cage (PDF) Completed


Photographic Documentation (PDF) Completed

As-Built Plans & Elevations (PDF)

Demo. Update 2/20/17 (PDF)

Demo. Update 2/27/17 (PDF)

Demo. Update 3/24/17 (PDF)

Demo. Update 4/4/17 (PDF)



111 North Higgins Avenue (Florence Building) (PDF)

3850 Old US 93 (Missoula Country Club) (PDF)

224 W. Spruce Street (PDF) Completed - Staff Report (PDF)

101 South Higgins Avenue (Hammond Arcade) (PDF) Completed - Staff Report (PDF)

101 Railroad Street West/118 West Alder (Park Place Apts) (PDF) Completed

Historic Preservation Demolition Ordinance Amendment Completed

Amendments to update and clarify existing language to Title 20.85.085.J: Criteria and Procedure for Review of Relocation and Demolition of Historic Resources - Historic Demolition/Relocation Permit. The proposed amendments were reviewed during a City Council public hearing on July 23rd, 2018. A motion was made to adopt the amendments into law and was passed unanimously. View the Agency Memo and ordinance (PDF).

Moon Randolph Homestead Documentation Completed

In the summer of 2018, the Moon Randolph Homestead hosted it's first historic preservation intern. Tina McCarthy joined us for five weeks from Western Massachusetts. She braved the wilds of this Missoula summer through hail, downpours and heat, all while living in a wall tent on site. Tina conducted measured drawings of the homestead's iconic (and very detailed) barn. See her work and more information.

/AR Adaptive Reuse Overlay District In Progress

Development Services is currently developing a new Zoning District Overlay for the purpose of aiding in the adaptive reuse of Historically Significant Buildings. Adaptive reuse is defined as the process of reusing an existing building, or portion of a building, for a purpose other than which it was originally built or designed for, or currently used. With the recent growth, change and development taking place in Missoula, it has become clear that incentivizing historic preservation and building reuse in Title 20 is necessary and could benefit from the establishment of an /AR Overlay.

Why Consider Making Updates? 

- We have a variety of under-utilized or vacant buildings within the City

- Current regulations make a change of use difficult, if not impossible, in order to reuse these buildings

- The ordinance will support the City’s plans and policies related to historic preservation, housing, inward growth, sustainability and economic development

What is the City Trying to Accomplish Through this Effort? 

- Identify and define the criteria for an existing building to be eligible for the /AR Overlay

- Identify a process for reviewing adaptive reuse projects

- Identify possible incentives for adaptive reuse

What is the Purpose of the Ordinance? 

- Allow the reuse of buildings while also maintaining and protecting a neighborhood’s unique historic built form and character

- Support and implement existing City plans & policies

- Create an informed and structured process for reusing existing buildings

- Create incentives for the reuse of existing buildings

- Promote historic preservation through adaptive reuse projects

The Proposed /AR Ordinance Permits Specific Modifications to the Following Standards:

  • Use: Regardless of the underlying zoning, the City Council may approve a mix of use types within an /AR District as a means of accommodating the reuse of any qualified building. 
  • Density: The /AR District can exceed the maximum density established by the underlying zoning district for the site, so long as no new floor area is added, and the added density is allowable by building code.
  • Building Code: Adaptive reuse projects may qualify for alternative building code compliance subject to Section 3409 of the International Building Code. (Building code can be used outside the overlay, this is not a modification specific to the overlay, but is a commentary)
  • Fire Code: Projects within an /AR District shall comply with provisions in accordance with NFPA 914, Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures, and shall not be subject to the International Fire Code if the building does not constitute a distinct hazard to life or property, per section 102.6 IFC.
  • Expedited Review: Projects within an /AR District shall receive expedited review throughout the City’s plan review process.
  • Fees: Administrative fees associated with adoption of an /AR District will be reduced by half.

The proposed language can be found here. For additional reference, the current Historic Preservation Permit (HPP) process 20.85.085, can be found here

Public Hearings

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Missoula City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine Street, Missoula, MT. Agency and public comments received by Monday, May 20, 2019 will be included in an informational packet to the Planning Board prior to their public hearing. Comments will continue to be taken by Planning Board after this time until the public hearing is closed. Written comments received by noon on Friday, June 14, 2019 will be forwarded under separate cover to Planning Board prior to their meeting. Please forward your comments to Emy Scherrer,