Missoula Consolidated Planning Board
Growth and development is expected to continue in western Montana and it can be well-designed and appropriately located in Missoula County or it can occur in haphazard ways that impact the values and places we cherish. Subdivision regulations help guide development in the County. In Missoula County, the subdivision regulations could do a better job of providing the minimum restriction necessary to guide subdivision design and development in such a way that:
- is appropriate to the location;
- addresses the variety of types of development we might expect in our area
- provides adequate, but not excessive infrastructure;
- minimizes the impacts of new development on water, wildlife, agriculture, local services, and public health and safety; and
- involves a review process that is as streamlined as possible, while providing adequate opportunity for thorough evaluation and review of projects by the public, staff, Planning Board, and the Commissioners.
Following a long series of necessary but partial updates to the Missoula County Subdivision Regulations over the last couple of decades, it has become clear that the best way to make the regulations more relevant today is to rewrite the entire document. The basis for this initiative started with the Subdivision Regulations Assessment Project.
Missoula County is now moving forward to update and modernize the subdivision regulations in a process that is expected to take at least a year. Through this process we expect to update the regulations to address issues raised in the Assessment, better integrate past amendments into the document, and to catch up with changes in development techniques, community perspectives, and state laws.
The public will be invited to participate on a wide range of topics such as updating road and pedestrian facilities standards, providing input on how to assess and mitigate subdivision impacts, and identifying how procedures may be streamlined. Collins Planning Associates (CPA) has been retained by Missoula County to assist in the subdivision regulations rewrite process.
Members of the consultant team will be visiting Missoula on Thursday,
November 21st and Friday, November 22nd to meet with technical experts,
boards and commissions, and professionals who interact with Subdivision
Regulations. A Special Presentation of the Missoula Consolidated
Planning Board is scheduled for 10:30-12:00 on Friday, November 22nd.
The goal is to launch a discussion on infrastructure
standards—roads, pedestrian facilities, and water/wastewater facilities.
This is intended to be one of many discussions that inform the current
regulations, and provide the groundwork for rewriting the regulations.
The goal is to obtain needed information ahead of making changes to the
substance of the regulations. Changes in draft form are expected to be
circulated to the public in January/February 2014.
Questions about the project in general should be directed to Tim Worley, CAPS Senior Planner, at 258-4657.
Future public involvement opportunities are expected to range from tracking and commenting on project information and drafts, to participation in listening sessions and/or workshops, to attending public hearings. Missoula County Community and Planning Services Staff will soon provide a project “road map" that informs the public of the various subjects to be addressed, and expected time frames and public involvement opportunities expected for addressing these pieces.
The Consolidated Planning Board holds public hearings and provides recommendations to the City and County governing bodies on adoption and amendments to growth policies, zoning regulations, and subdivision regulations. They also hear and make recommendations on zoning and rezoning requests and major subdivision proposals located in both the City and County.
The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine, Missoula. The meeting is recorded by MCAT; Check the schedule at MCAT for viewing times.
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|Name||Start of Term||End of Term|
|County Appointments: Board of County Commissioners (BCC)|
|Dick Ainsworth||March 6, 2012||Dec. 31, 2015|
|Tim Ibey||Jan. 1, 2010||Dec. 31, 2015|
|Jennifer Long||March 2, 2011||Dec. 31, 2013|
|Jerry O'Connell||Jan. 1, 2011||Dec. 31, 2013|
|City Appointments: Mayor|
|John Newman||Jan. 1, 2012||Dec. 31, 2015|
|Greg Oliver||July 2, 2013||Dec. 31, 2013|
|City Appointments: City Council|
|John DiBari||Jan. 1, 2012||Dec. 31, 2014|
|Tim Skufca||Jan. 1, 2011||Dec. 31, 2013|
|Planning Board Appointed Member|
|Don MacArthur||Jan. 1, 2012||Dec. 31, 2015|
|Pat Little - City Council||Jan. 1, 2011||Dec. 31, 2013|
- Two citizen members who reside within the city limits to be appointed by the mayor
- Two citizen members who reside within the city limits to be appointed by the City Council
- Two citizen members who reside outside the city limits but within the Urban Growth Area to be appointed by the County Commissioners
- One citizen member who resides anywhere within the county to be selected by the Consolidated Planning Board
- One alternate citizen member who resides within the city limits to be appointed by the City Council
- One alternate who resides outside the city limits to be appointed by the County Commissioners
Montana Codes Annotated (MCA) Title 76 Chapter 1, Planning Boards, as authorized by the Interlocal Agreement, as as jointly or independently assigned by the County or City of Missoula pursuant to State enabling legislation.