Current Projects in City Planning

 We also have a list of recently completed projects from the last five years. Below is a list of current projects:  

  • Annual Title 20 (Zoning) Update

      – On June 4, 2018 the Missoula City Council held a public hearing to consider the proposed amendments. After consideration of the staff presentation and report, public comment, and board discussion, the City Council approved an ordinance to amend Title 20 City Zoning: Proposed 2018 City Zoning Update Amendments. Adopted amendments are in effect and can be found on the City's web site under City Laws, Title 20. Please call the Zoning Information desk at 552-6625 with any questions regarding implementation of the new regulations.

  • Missoula Design Excellence -

    The City of Missoula along with a consultant team led by Winter & Company, will define a character management strategy. Visit the project webpage for details.

  • Repeal Title 19 Zoning Enterprise Commercial (/EC) Overlay -

     The City is initiating a proposal to repeal the Title 19/EC Overlay. This proposed zoning map amendment comes from a desire to create consistency throughout the city in coordinating zoning rules and regulations, and also to accommodate the new set of design standards proposed through the Design Excellence Project.

Prior to 2009, the zoning code at the time (Title 19) required that parcels being proposed for development of larger than 30,000 square feet commercial space (referred to as Enterprise Commercial) must rezone using an Enterprise Commercial Overlay (/EC) and follow specific development standards.  In 2009, when the City adopted Title 20 it left district boundaries for the /EC Overlays in place, which means that development within the /EC Overlays are required to comply with older zoning code development standards. See map here. Title 20 established a revised system for considering Enterprise Commercial uses through use of design standards similar to those found in Title 19 and a conditional use process. Under Title 20, property owners are not required to rezone to the /EC overlay for developing Enterprise Commercial uses.  The parcels that include the Title 19/EC Overlay also have established base zoning like Commercial (C-districts) or Manufacturing (M-districts).  Those base zoning districts will not change with this proposed repeal.

Additionally, for parcels within the proposed Design Excellence Program, the conditional use process for Title 20 Enterprise Commercial use is proposed to be waived and replaced with consideration through the Design Excellence Review system.  The Design Excellence Review system requires Development Services staff review of design standards and design guidelines.  

In summary, it is our hope that this repeal will result in use of modernized development standards and a process that is consistent with the way that Enterprise Commercial uses are reviewed throughout the rest of the city as well as a streamlined system of review for projects located within the Design Excellence Overlay.

The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider the repeal of Title 19/EC Overlay in conjunction with the hearing for the Design Excellence Project on Tuesday, October 30, starting at 7:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St., Missoula. 

Phone: 406-552-6086, Ben Brewer
  • Replacement of SD-2 Zoning District - 

    The Missoula City Council is initiating an effort to replace the SD-2 zoning district with standard City zoning that is compatible with the proposed Design Excellence Overlay and more accurately reflects current land use patterns in the area.             

    Depending on current and expected land use conditions, Missoula Growth Policy land use designations, adjacent land uses and expected future development, parcels in the SD-2 district will be reclassified in one of the following three zoning districts – B2-2 Community Business, B3-2 Mixed-Use Business, C1-2 and C2-2 Neighborhood Commercial – which are commercial districts of varying intensity, all of which permit residential development as well. Proposed zoning map.
For more information on uses permitted by City zoning districts B2, B3, C1 and C2, follow the link

A discussion of this project by the City Council Land Use and Planning Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 (time to be determined), at the City Council chambers, 140 W. Pine St.  

If you have questions or comments please call Tom Zavitz, (406-552-6632) email:

If anyone wishing to attend this meeting needs special assistance, please provide advance notice by calling 552-6630. The City of Missoula will provide auxiliary aids and services.