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Design Excellence proposed zoning overlay is available for final review!

The final hearing on the proposed Design Excellence overlay by City Council is tentatively scheduled for December 17, 2018. It will be held in City council Chambers at 140 W Pine St. in Missoula. The hearing will begin at 7:00pm.

Comments are welcome throughout the remainder of the process and can be submitted by using the comment form or by emailing design@ci.missoula.mt.us

The Final Public Review Documents are now available for review: 


There are several public review draft materials that make up the overall project.

  1. The Final Draft Ordinance includes the General chapter and the standards for the DE-Downtown Overlay and the DE-Corridor Overlay, which will be additions to the current Title 20 zoning code, and other associated Title 20 amendments involving proposed changes to the Design Review procedures and Design Review Board. View the Design Excellence Overlay.
  2. The website also includes the proposed district boundary maps of where the specific Overlay Sub-districts would be applied throughout the City. The proposal to apply new district boundary overlays does not change the underlying zoning district base uses.
The associated Design Excellence Manual provides additional flexible guidelines to be used for review of projects triggering Design Excellence Review (DER), and will be considered as a resolution by the City Council. Projects not triggering DER will follow already established zoning review processes.

An economic analysis was conducted by the consultant group Urban Advisors, which analyzes the standards proposed for the Design Excellence zoning overlay, and may be read here


Public Comment and Review of Proposed District Boundary Maps


Open Houses were held on October 16, 2018 and a Planning Board hearing on this item was held on October 30, 2018. Thank you to the people who have already participated in the planning process for this project. We continue to be open to receiving comment up until the Final Hearing date at City Council on December 17, 2018.

Please continue to contact our office with any further questions that you may have about the Design Excellence overlay. Visit the Public Review and Comment page for more information on how to submit comment. 

To view the information boards that were presented at the Open Houses, click here

Additional Zoning Amendments



Some properties in or adjacent to the proposed Design Excellence overlay are currently zoned in districts that should be updated to the current Title 20 zoning code in order to function within this proposal. Specifically, the /EC overlay is proposed to be repealed and City Special District #2 is proposed to be rezoned.

View additional information on the proposed Special District #2 rezoning.