Office of Planning and Grants - Urban Initiatives
Urban Initiatives is responsible for managing the Growth Policy requirements for the City and for managing the legislative initiatives of the City Council and Administration as they relate to that policy. It is also responsible for comprehensive neighborhood and area-based planning activities in the Missoula Urban area. Responsibilities include activities related to growth management initiatives, land use and community development planning, evaluation of development proposals for compliance with existing comprehensive plans and policies, comprehensive plan amendments and plan implementation initiatives. Resource management responsibilities include providing demographic, socioeconomic, and environmental resource data, and technical assistance on comprehensive planning elements such as housing, capital improvements, open space, neighborhood planning, and natural and cultural resources conservation.
- Title 20 Amendments
- 2008 Amendment to the Missoula County Growth Policy
- Missoula City Subdivision Regulation Update
- Missoula City Zoning Code Update
- Neighborhood and Community Councils
- Target Range Neighborhood Plan
- Title 20 Maintenance Amendments
- Urban Fringe Development Area (UFDA) Project
Each year, proposed amendments to the City of Missoula Title 20
Zoning Ordinance address inconsistencies, add explanations to fully
interpret the code, or address general omissions. The amendments
do not change established zoning policies.
This year's amendments include:
- Correct "Lot" and "Tract" references;
- Add Subdivisions for Lease or Rent commentary to Minimum Compliance Requirements;
- Expand Business, Commercial and Industrial District Rear Setback Notes;
- Clarify Multi-Dwelling Building Facade Treatment Requirements;
- Clarify Long-Term Bike Parking Locations;
- Insert "Zoning Officer" References in Signs Maintenance and Removal;
- Improve Conditional Use Exceptions;
- Clarify Mailing and Application Procedures for Historic Preservation Permit;
- Enhance Variance Review Procedures;
- Classify Community Residential Facilities and Residential Day Care; and
- An Appendix "A" amendment describes riparian vegetation types is included for informational purposes only.
Agency and interested citizen comments are needed to refine the proposed amendments. Comments can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be taken by Planning Board until the public hearing is closed. The Planning Board will hear a special presentation on August 7, 2012 and hold a public hearing on August 21, 2012.
- Growth Policy Amendment Text (City) (County)
- Growth Policy Amendment Map
- UFDA Presentation at the October 1, 2008 PAZ meeting
- Staff recommended change - October 1, 2008
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- Public Outreach to Date - report on public outreach since the UFDA project began to now
- UFDA Summary Score Cards from presentations - Evaluations of planning considerations provided from public comment collected during outreach meetings
- Bring a flash drive and we will copy files onto it; or
- Purchase a compact disc (CD) with the maps - cost will be $1.00 for the CD.
Title 20 Amendments (Updated 7/25/12)
Chapter 20.85 Review and Approval Procedures
Staff will present amendments to Chapter 20.85, section .040 and .050 (Text and Map Amendments) at the August 21, 2012 Planning Board meeting. Comments are welcome and encouraged - send them to email@example.com. (Staff Report)
Urban Fringe Development Area (UFDA) Updated 04/25/11
UFDA Project 2010 Yearbook
The 2010 Yearbook is the third annual update of the supporting data used to create the UFDA Growth Policy Amendment, adopted in 2008 by the Missoula City Council and the Board of County Commissioners. The Yearbook tells the story of calendar year 2010 by documenting new residential development and infrastructure growth and their cumulative impacts to the resources within the Missoula Urban Services Area (URSA). The Yearbook contains many facts and figures, but still poses more questions than it answers.
The original UFDA data and documentation can also be viewed from this webpage.
Growth Policy Amendment
The purpose of the Urban Fringe Development Area project is to provide governing bodies with information for addressing growth in the Urban Fringe Area within a regional context. The goal is to identify where growth is mostly to occur within the Urban Fringe Area and develop implementation strategies for addressing growth in accordance with adopted policy within growth areas.
The Urban Fringe is described as the area inside the Urban Service Area, with an emphasis on addressing growth in the area between the City limits and the Urban Service Area boundary. The URSA is the same as the City of Missoula Wastewater Sewer Service Area.
One result of this project was the creation of an UFDA Amendment to the Missoula County Growth Policy. The Amendment was adopted November 24, 2008 by the Missoula City Council and December 23, 2008 by the Missoula Board of County Commissioners.
Planning Board Recommendations: On September 23, 2008, the Planning Board recommended by a vote of 8-0 that the proposed draft of the Urban Fringe Development Area Project - 2008 Amendment be approved as shown in Attachment A1 as an amendment to the Missoula County Growth Policy and further recommended that Scenario E be created and included as part of this project and that Scenario E represent a scenario where wildlife habitat, sensitive lands and prime soils and open space, which are the three of the eight layers that seem to be landscaped-based immutable, be prioritized. A suitability analysis (map) shows the weighted landscape based model.
The initial phase of the project has been to collect data and discuss issues and solutions with City, County and other key agencies. in a series of three working group meetings, the group focused on public, safety, infrastructure, parks, open space, and pubic health. This phase culminated with a presentation to the governing bodies on January 16, 2008 and the Urban Fringe Development Area Project document. It contains a series of maps, key points, and discussion items and can be viewed or downloaded here.
An update was presented to the governing bodies on May 7, 2008. In the update, three scenarios were shown (see Scenarios map below).
Report from the UFDA Open Houses May 21 and May 22 - The Urban Initiatives staff held four Open Houses asking Missoulians to review resource maps and comment on three growth scenarios for Missoula. Ninety-eight citizens attended. Staff have compiled these comments and have the material available online for comment by clicking on any of the following links:
Suitability Analysis and Staff Recommendation
To continue the scenario process, staff created a GIS (Geographic Information System) suitability analysis of lands inside the Urban Services Area. Eight criteria were used to assess the advantages of and challenges to residential development within fourteen neighborhoods in the URSA. Criteria included access/proximity to:
E ach criterion
ach criterionhas its own map, which can be accessed by following this link (5.15 mb). Subsequently, staff created a final suitability map by stacking all criteria on top of each other to create an overall suitability rating , where each of the eight criteria was equally weighted. The combined final analysis removed the constrained lands from consideration.
Staff prepareda fourth growth scenario (Scenario D: Staff Recommendation) (1.03 mb) to respond to the public comment and suitability analysis. A booklet (6.63 mb) containing the each neighborhood’s Business As Usual and Staff Recommendation growth scenarios and suitability advantages and challenges are displayed along with photos of existing
UFDA Calendar of Public Presentations and Discussions: (Updated 5/5/08) Most presentations are scheduled as an item on the group/organization's agenda and therefore other business will need to be conducted besides the UFDA presentation. Other organizations that staff are coordinating with include the remaining Neighborhood Councils, Orchard Homes Neighborhood Association, Service Clubs, Business Improvement District (BID), Five Valley Land Trust, Missoula County School Board, and the University of Montana Facilities Administration.
UFDA and Working Group Map Series: (Tips for viewing maps)
Instructions for opening and using maps - Several Adobe Acrobat maps are available for downloading (see below). A high speed connection is suggested to download these maps. To download an of the maps listed below, right-click on the hyperlink and choose 'Save Target As.' Save the file to your computer. Select 'Adobe Acrobat Document' from the Save As Type drop-down. Once the download has completed, you can open the file in Adobe Acrobat.
|List of Maps||Information Included
|UFDA Project updated 7/30/08 (click on X under the resolution to view)||Contains snapshots and explanations of all maps of UFDA project as of July 30, 2008.||
|Landscape-based Suitability Analysis||Combined model with non-renewable resources||x|
|Suitability Analysis||Contains all the maps||x|
|Scenario D||Staff's recommendation||x|
|School District||School District information||x|
|Historic Resources||Historic Districts and other resources||x|
|Scenarios Comparison||Scenarios A, B, and C and the Entitled lots||x|
|Scenarios||Scenarios A, B and C compiled after the UFDA Open House||x|
|Density: Net Density Comparisons||Census Block Group Density: Gross Density, Net Density, and Unconstrained Lands Density||
|Density: Net Density to URSA Averages||Census Block Group Density: Net Density Comparison to URSA-wide Comp Plan and Zoning Averages||
|Density: Transit Supportive and Land Use - Zoning Analysis||Census Block Group Density: 1) Is the block group||
|Developable Land in URSA||"Developable" Land by zoning type in URSA||x|
|Public Safety Poster (printable)||City of Missoula Fire District, Rural Fire Districts, Stations, Service Areas, Critical Infrastructure Data||
|Public Safety Screen||City of Missoula Fire District, Rural Fire Districts, Stations, Service Areas, Critical Infrastructure Data||
|Public Works: Transportation||2025 Road Deficiencies, Mountain Line Bus Network, Non-motorized network, TIP Projects, Trans Issues (2004 T-PLAN)||
|Public Works: Water and Sanitation||Sewer Lines, Water Lines, Future Projects, Wells, PWS, School District Boundaries||
|POSPH: Soils and Agriculture||Soils of Agricultural Importance, Tax Assessed farmsites and ag land, Irrigation Ditches||
|POSPH: Parks and Open Spaces||Parks, Conservation Easements, Trails, Connections||
|POSPH: Natural Resources||Ungulate Winter Range, Important Birding Areas, Wildlife Hwy Linkage Zones, FEMA Floodplain, NWI||
|POSPH: Public Health||Contaminants: Septic Systems, Remediation Sites, Underground Storage Tanks . . . PM Boundaries, Geologic folds and faults||
UFDA Project 11x17 booklet 1/16/08
Contains snapshots and explanations of all maps.
|2008 Yearbook||Facts and figures updates since the adoption||x||
|2009 Yearbook||Facts and figure updates since adoption||x||
If you have any trouble downloading these maps we can get a copy to you in one of the following ways:
For more information or questions contact:
Neighborhood Sampler - a tour of sample sites within various neighborhoods in Missoula, Montana
Neighborhood Councils - profiles and maps for individual neighborhood councils
Laval Means, Senior Planner - (406) 258-3797,
Tom Zavitz, Planner III - (406) 258-4983, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewis YellowRobe, Planner II - (406) 258-4651, email@example.com
Jen Gress, Planner II - (406) 258-4949, firstname.lastname@example.org