The City of Missoula is hosting three Community Visioning Workshops during the first and second weeks of December to kick off the update to the Growth Policy as part of the Our Missoula: Growth Policy Update and Code Reform project. The City wants to know what you think, hear your questions, and most importantly get you involved! Residents will have three opportunities to share what matters to them and their future priorities for the community:
• December 4th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Goodworks Place, 129 W. Alder St.
• December 6th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Home Arts Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds
• December 13th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Missoula Public Library 4th Floor
These interactive events will feature brief presentations from City staff, facilitated small group discussions, and individual activities to capture input from the community. These events are an important first step in updating Missoula’s vision for future growth. More information about upcoming events will be available on the Events page.
What Have We Been Up To?
Engagement throughout the summer and fall focused on the findings of the Equity in Land Use Report as part of Phase 2 of the Our Missoula project, which is dedicated to “defining the problem”. Staff hosted presentations, small discussions, and table talks in partnership with Common Good Missoula. We learned from residents about their lived experiences in relation to equity, housing affordability, displacement, and gentrification. The upcoming community workshops will expand on these conversations to continue defining what residents value and prioritize in their neighborhoods now and in the future.
Why Are We Updating the Growth Policy?
Priorities for future growth are captured in the city’s Growth Policy, which defines strategies to address goals and challenges related to land use over the course of 20 years. Since the City’s current Growth Policy, Our Missoula 2035, was adopted in 2015, more pressing issues have emerged, including social, cultural, and racial inequities, housing shortages and rising housing costs, and the worsening effects of climate change. While many of the priorities of the current Growth Policy remain relevant, the Our Missoula process will provide an opportunity to refocus the Growth Policy and our associated development regulations to better address these emergent issues and reflect our current priorities as a community.
For more information about Our Missoula, click here or email Ashley Brittner Wells, Community Engagement Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.