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Archived Urban Initiatives Projects


These are past Urban Initiatives projects that have either been completed or no action was taken by City Council.


Target Range Neighborhood Plan

In 2007, Target Range residents approached the Office of Planning and Grants to request assistance to create a neighborhood plan.  The group intends to create a plan that reflects their neighborhood’s distinct qualities and recognizes the similarities between the Target Range neighborhood and the Orchard Homes neighborhood.  

The Target Range Neighborhood Plan will recommend strategies and policies for future development and preservation in the area for twenty years or longer.  The Neighborhood Plan could create strategies to implement Missoula County Growth Policy goals to guide, protect, or enhance natural resources, historic and cultural resources, development patterns, land use, housing, or local services.

Planning Committee/Working Group Meetings

In March 2009, the Orchard Homes and Target Range planning groups met to discuss each neighborhood's Planning Committees and Working Groups.  The Planning Committees will provide direction and input to participants throughout the planning process.  The Working Groups will focus on subject areas that the planning groups want to include in neighborhood plan.  Committee and Work Group information can be viewed here Committee meeting and Public Open House event dates from 2008-2010 can be viewed here.

Neighborhood Kick-Off Meetings

In February 2009, the Target Range neighborhood held a meeting to introduce the planning process and invite interested residents to participate in the creation of the neighborhood plan.  At the meeting, speakers discussed the planning process, project area, project timeline, and proposed plan outline and committee structures.  

Kick-Off Meeting Presentations: 

Neighborhood Plan Data

The planning groups have collected data from city and county agencies to determine how agriculture, recreation, open space, zoning and the natural environment impacts or is affected by growth and development in the area. 

Target Range meeting minutes, survey, FAQ sheet, and other information.

 

Orchard Homes Neighborhood Plan

In 2007, Orchard Homes residents approached the Office of Planning and Grants to request assistance to create a neighborhood plan.  The group intends to create plans that reflect each neighborhood’s distinct qualities and recognizes the similarities between each neighborhood.  

The Orchard Homes Neighborhood Plans will recommend strategies and policies for future development and preservation in the area for twenty years or longer.  The Neighborhood Plan could create strategies to implement Missoula County Growth policy goals to guide, protect, or enhance natural resources, historic and cultural resources, development patterns, land use, housing, or local services.

Current Activities

Planning Committee/Working Group Meetings

In March 2009, the Orchard Homes planning groups met to discuss each neighborhood's Planning Committees and Working Groups.  The Planning Committees will provide direction and input to participants throughout the planning process.  The Working Groups will focus on subject areas that the planning groups want to include in neighborhood plan.  Committee and Work Group information can be viewed here Committee meeting and Public Open House event dates from 2008-2010 can be viewed here.

Interested residents are invited to join a Planning Committee and/or Working Group.  Please attend a Neighborhood meeting for additional information.

Neighborhood Kick-Off Meetings

In February 2009, the neighborhood held a meeting to introduce the planning process and invite interested residents to participate in the creation of the neighborhood plan.  At the meeting, speakers discussed the planning process, project area, project timeline, and proposed plan outline and committee structures.  

Kick-Off Meeting Presentations: 

Neighborhood Plan Data

The planning groups have collected data from city and county agencies to determine how agriculture, recreation, open space, zoning and the natural environment impacts or is affected by growth and development in the area. 

Orchard Homes meeting minutes

 

Northside/Westside Neighborhood Plan Review (Updated 4/16/08)

The Joint Northside/Westside Neighborhood Plan guides development and improvement in the Northside and Westside neighborhoods. City Council adopted the Plan in 2000. It is time to review the Plan and consider how it can best continue to shape the neighborhood's future.

On April 7, 2007 City Council adopted a Resolution to Adopt the Limited Scope Update to the 2000 Joint Northside/Westside Neighborhood Plan as its December 2006 review draft, unchanged by the Planning Board and as revised by City Council.

The draft is available for review.  Planning Board held a public hearing January 2, 2006 recommended approval. Below are documents that have been sent to Planning Board as part of its review.

City Council considered the draft at a public meeting on April 7, 2008.  Materials provided included the items listed above and the following:

For more information contact Laval Means - lmeans@co.missoula.mt.us or 406.258.3797


Missoula City Zoning Ordinance Amendment - Chapter 19.63: Conditional Uses (7/29/08)

The City of Missoula is initiating revisions to the Missoula City Zoning Ordinance. Recommended changes have been made throughout the chapter for the purposes of clarification. They also include updates to the schedule leading up to a public hearing. Proposed language is added to accommodate prior approved amendments to other parts of the Zoning Ordinance including the Landscape and Buffering and Townhouse Chapters. The amendments also propose a new 19.63.090, B Criteria which will help guide the Design Review Board to a final decision and be the basis for Findings of Fact in each case.

On March 24, 2008 City Council adopted amendments to the Missoula City Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 19.63.  These amendments go into effect April 24, 2008.

City Council held a public hearing on March 24, 2008 to consider amendments to the Missoula City Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 19.63 (Conditional Uses) on March 24, 2008.  The following documents were provided for Council's review:

A public hearing before the Missoula Consolidate Planning Board is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2008. The following materials were provided to the Board for its review:

Staff Report dated January 8, 2008 to MCPB with the following attachments:
1.  Current Chapter 19.77, with Council-initiated redline/strikeout
2.  Planning Board draft of Chapter 19.63: Conditional Use, dated December
     19, 2007 with redline/strikeout

3.  Planning Board draft of Chapter 19.63: Conditional Use, dated December
     19, 2007 with changes accepted
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4.  Agency memo

For more information or questions, contact Tom Zavitz: phone (406) 258-4983 or email tzavitz@co.missoula.mt.us.


City Subdivision Regulation Amendment - Article 4, 4-4(3): Review Procedure for Condominiums (Updated 4/15/08)

The Office of Planning and Grants is initiating a revision to the Missoula City Subdivision Regulations, Article 4, revising Section 4-4: Reviewing Procedure for Condominiums, sub-section (3) due to revisions made during the 2007 State Legislative Session. The proposed revisions are consistent with the revisions made to the Montana Code Annotated, Section 76-3-203, with the passing of Senate Bill 527.

At the City Council meeting held on March 24, 2008 the City Council approved the amendments to the City of Missoula Subdivision Regulations revising Article 4-4, Section (3).  Those amendments go into effect immediately.

 A public hearing before the City Council was held March 24, 2008 to hear comment on proposed amendments to the City of Missoula Subdivision Regulations specifically revising Article 4-4: Review Procedure for Condominiums, Section (3).  The following documents were forwarded to Council for review:

A public hearing before the Missoula Consolidate Planning Board was scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2008. The following materials were provided to the Board for its review:

For more information or questions contact Laval Means: phone (406) 258-3797 or email lmeans@co.missoula.mt.us.


City Subdivision Regulation Amendments, Phase 2 (Updated 7/27/07)

The Planning Office worked on a full set of revisions to the Missoula City Subdivision Regulations, based on recent State Legislation, incorporating as many of the County’s revisions as existing City policy would allow. An agency review packet was circulated in August of 2006, containing revisions to almost every article of the regulations. However, during Planning Board review it was determined that the project should be split into two phases with a first phase primarily containing time-sensitive material being reviewed first (see the City and County Subdivision Regulation Amendments section below). This second phase contains additional revisions to Article 2, revisions to Article 3 and 5, establishes a new Article 9, and moves Appendix items into “Supplemental Administrative Materials” as Exhibits.

The second phase of proposed revisions to City Subdivision Regulations is intended to complete the task of updating regulations based on past State legislation (per Planning Board’s request). Because the full set of revisions, proposed in August of 2006, paralleled many County Revisions and there are benefits to continuing to establish similarities between City and County documents, this phase of revisions also reflects many of the now adopted County revisions. Phase Two revisions also incorporate additional comments received by agencies and re-organization of sections and sub-sections as necessary.

The following sections of the draft regulations are attached:

Planning Board held a public hearing on these revision March 6, 2007 in the Council Chambers (140 W Pine). Documents sent to Planning Board for review included: Staff Report with attachments (City Fire Department comments, working session notes)

During the March 6, 2007 public hearing Planning Board recommended approval of the revisions to Article 2: Definitions with amendments, approval of revisions to Article 3-1: General Standards with amendments, approval of revisions to Article 3-7: Water, Sewage Disposal, and Solid Waste as proposed, and approval of a portion of Article 3-2: Streets, Access, and Transportation (1) Design with amendments. Planning Board recommended additional revisions to Section 3-2(1) (I) and (j) pertaining to public and private roads. The Planning Board motions from March 6, 2007 can be viewed in the minutes. The public hearing was continued to April 3, 2007.

The Planning Board held another hearing on the second phase of proposed revisions to the City Subdivision Regulation Revisions on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. They completed their review of Article 3: Subdivision Design Standards with amendments and continued the hearing to May 1, 2007 to complete their review of the remaining proposed amendments. (April 3, 2007 Planning Board minutes.)

Planning Board completed their review on May 1, 2007 and recommended it go forward to City Council with revisions. A date for a City Council public hearing has not been set yet. (May 1, 2007 Planning Board minutes)

The Planning, Annexation and Zoning (PAZ) Committee will begin discussion at their meeting on May 30, 2007. Below are items that have been forwarded to City Council including a revised draft.

City Council set the public hearing on this for June 25, 2007. PAZ discussed Agriculture definitions at its June 13th meeting. The following definitions were provided:

City Council sent this back to PAZ for further discussion. For a complete list of materials provided to City Council, click on this link and scroll down to attachments.

Questions and comments should be referred to Laval Means (258-3797) or by email at lmeans@co.missoula.mt.us.

Town Lot Development Standards

City Council has initiated a request for an amendment to the Missoula City Zoning Regulations to add a chapter titled, Town Lot Development Standards. For nearly two years the Plat, Annexation and Zoning (PAZ) Committee and OPG staff have been working to amend City codes and regulations to address interests and concerns raised over the Planned Neighborhood Cluster (PNC) regulations. Interests and concerns identified include:
* A need to provide increased options for development of single-family homes and for homeownership in multi-dwelling and duplex zoning districts;
*An assurance that existing density limitations in zoning districts will be held inviolate (these standards would not be applicable in single-family zoning districts);
*Clearly articulated standards that ensure compatibility of new development with existing neighborhoods;
*Definition of the circumstances under which undersized lots that predate zoning regulations may be developed;
*An effective process for neighborhood involvement; and
*Right to appeal.
These proposed standards are intended to address the interests and concerns and serve as the primary replacement to the PNC regulations currently in effect under Title 19. The proposed ordinance is intended to allow town lot development in any zone that allows duplex or multi-dwelling, to a density no greater than allowed by zoning while encouraging individual ownership. A reference to the Town Lot Development Standards will be added in each if the affected zoning districts within Title 19.
After several discussions and review by PAZ, staff are presenting a draft for agency review and comment. The draft and comments will be forwarded back to the PAZ Committee beginning of August, 2006. After additional review by the PAZ Committee, a draft of the Town Lot Development Standards will be forwarded to the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board for a public hearing. The date for the Planning Board hearing has not been set.
Draft Town Lot Development Standards for agency review
Questions and comments can be directed to Laval Means at lmeans@co.missoula.mt.us.

PAZ Zoning Issues Under Consideration (Updated 4/27/05)

As a means to assist finding information that the PAZ Committee is currently discussing, or has been discussed in the past, the following information is provided for easy access. The information below has been provided to the PAZ Committee. As the Committee takes up other zoning issues, more information will be added, so be sure to check back for updates.
Planned Neighborhood Cluster (PNC) Discussion:
PNC Virtual Tour by Ward (these are provided in PowerPoint):
Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4
Ward 6
There were no examples of PNC's in Ward 5 at the time this presentation was put together.

An interim ordinance (#3253) prohibiting PNCs of five or fewer lots in zoning was adopted July 12, 2004. The interim ordinance expired on January 12, 2005. At the public hearing on February 7, 2005, City Council sent the agenda item which proposed an extension of the interim ordinance back to PAZ committee. On February 9, 2005 the PAZ committee sent the agenda item back to the Council floor for a vote at its February 14, 2005 meeting. City Council voted 9 to 3 to extend the interim ordinance for one year at the public hearing on February 14, 2005.
Interim Ordinance #3278 - expires February 7, 2006 (Scroll down to #3278 and click on link)


Missoula City Zoning Ordinance Amendment - Chapter 19.26.090: Addition to Permitted Uses (Central Business District) (Updated 8/7/08)

City Council is initiating a revision to the Missoula City Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 19.26.090 Central Business District (CBD), Permitted Uses to allow the following use:

Structures containing more than sixteen (16) dwelling units per acre that also contain a general commercial or retail use that occupies at least 50% of the ground floor façade.  Such structures shall also offer and maintain for at least fifteen years a minimum of 40% of their units as affordable to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income as determined by the Office of Planning and Grants (Based on HUD and MBOH standards.)    

The purpose of the ordinance is to encourage higher-density, mixed-use development that includes affordable residential units in the Central Business Zoning District.  Currently the City’s ordinance permits residential units in the CBD at densities up to sixteen dwelling units per acre.  Higher-density residential development is a Conditional Use that must be approved by the Design Review Board.   The Council’s proposed amendment would permit structures that contain ground-floor commercial uses and residential units, at least 40% of which are affordable, with no limit on density.  The thresholds for income and the period of affordability in the amendment are consistent with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) subsidy programs.  The percentage of affordable units is based on information in the City’s Consolidated Plan that indicates this amount of new housing must be affordable to avoid creation of more housing cost burden for lower-income Missoula residents.

A memo was sent out to agencies for review and comment with a link to the draft dated April 2008.   Planning Board will hold a public hearing concerning this request on August 19, 2008 in the City Council Chambers, 140 W Pine.  Click on this link to view documents sent to Planning Board for review.

For more information or questions, contact Tom Zavitz: phone (406) 258-4983 or email tzavitz@co.missoula.mt.us.

 

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