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Ordinances adopted but not yet codified and emergency/urgency ordinances

Ordinance 3727 (11/27/23): An amendment to city ordinances Chapter 2.92 entitled “Records and Information Governance Program” to reflect new state laws and regulations relating to records and information management, adopting records retention schedules issued by the state for use by municipalities to manage records and information and updating duties and responsibilities of city staff to reflect modern best practices.

Ordinance 3723 (10/16/23): Interim urgency zoning measure, pursuant to State Law Section 76-2-307 MCA, amending Title 20, Missoula City Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 20.01 Introductory Provisions, Chapter 20.05 Residential Districts, Chapter 20.10 Business and Commercial Districts, Chapter 20.15 Industrial and Manufacturing Districts, Chapter 20.20 Open Space, Public, and Aviation Districts, Chapter 20.25 Overlay Districts, Chapter 20.40 Use- and Building-Specific Standards, Chapter 20.45 Accessory Uses and Structures, Chapter 20.60 Parking and Access, Chapter 20.65 Landscaping, Chapter 20.75 Signs, Chapter 20.85 Review and Approval Procedures, Chapter 20.90 Administration, Chapter 20.100 Terminology, and Chapter 20.105 Use Classifications to incorporate regulations concerning legislative changes to state land use regulations to align with changes mandated by the State of Montana with effective dates that occur before or on October 1, 2023.

Ordinance 3726 (10/16/2023): generally amending Title 18, Missoula Municipal Code, the City of Missoula Floodplain Hazard Management Regulations, to incorporate revisions to Appendix A depicting updated Flood Insurance Studies and Map Revisions, and to incorporate revisions to Sections 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 6.1, 8.4, 9.10, 9.13, 9.15, 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4 in alignment with the updated Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) model ordinance. 

Ordinance 3725 (10/16/2023): revising Chapter 8.02 Missoula Municipal Code entitled “Missoula City-County Health Code Adopted by Reference” to adopt the revised version of Regulation 3 “Solid Waste Management” as approved by the City County Health Board on August 17, 2023 and to amend the Missoula Municipal Code Section of 8.28 “Rubbish and Garbage” to repeal the Missoula Bear Buffer Zone requirements and to change the penalties for violations from criminal misdemeanors to civil infractions.

Ordinance 3720 (6/5/2023): An emergency ordinance of the Missoula City Council amending Chapter 12.40, Sections 12.40.010, to come into compliance with the Ninth Circuit decision in Martin v. City of Boise by clarifying that not all City lands are closed to overnight camping or sleeping and declaring an emergency to protect public health, safety, and welfare.

Ordinance 3719 (5/15/2023): An ordinance that extends for one year, Ordinance 3705, an interim urgency zoning measure amending Title 20, Missoula City Zoning Ordinance Section 20.05 Residential Districts, Section 20.10 Business and Commercial Districts, Section 20.15 Industrial and Manufacturing Districts, and Section 20.20 Open Space, Public, and Aviation Districts, prohibiting the application of the conditional use process to certain use categories.The extension of this interim zoning ordinance shall be applicable to specific uses in Title 20 and be effective for one year commencing May 15, during which time the city council will contemplate permanent zoning ordinance amendments to Title 20, Missoula City Zoning ordinance.

Subdivision Regulation

Subdivision Regulations

Resolution 8607 (7/18/2022): Amendments to the Missoula City Subdivision Regulations, incorporating applicable State Legislative Changes from the 2017, 2019, and 2021 legislative sessions along with limited clarifying amendments based on consideration of the review criteria. 

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