Missoula Area Mapping Project
The Missoula Area Mapping Project is a Missoula County effort to update the land use map in Missoula County in the area around the City of Missoula.
After three rounds of public outreach and a year of gathering feedback from local neighborhoods and stakeholders, the Land Use Map and Designations, together called the Land Use Element, is being presented as an amendment to the Missoula County Growth Policy. This update, focused on an area of Missoula County adjacent to the city, will be the first comprehensive update to the county’s land use map for this area since 1975. A draft of the Land Use Element is now available on the project website: www.MissoulaAreaMapping.com
What is a Land Use Map
The land use designation map is an element of the 2016 Missoula County Growth Policy. It is a representation of Missoula County’s policies and values and a critical piece of the legal framework and foundation for future planning efforts and regulations. Updating the map was one of the growth policy's major recommendations for future projects (see Land Use Strategy on page 2-25).
Board of County Commissioner Hearing
On March 5th, the Planning Board unanimously recommended that the Board of County Commissioner approve the Missoula Area Mapping Project with some changes to the Map and text of the Element.
Next, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the new draft on Thursday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m. in the Sophie Moeise Room of the County Courthouse Annex, located at 200 W Broadway in Missoula. Staff is working to finalize the hearing schedule, so check back for specific dates.
Written public comment can be sent to CAPS@missoulacounty.us or CAPS, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802. Oral comment can be provided at the public hearing.
Keep in mind that because the Planning Board recommended changes to the Project. Those changes are being incorporated into a new draft of the Map and Element for the BCC public hearing. Because of this, it may be beneficial to submit any comments after reviewing the BCC draft expected to be available by the end of March.
Comments can be emailed to CAPS@missoulacounty.us or mailed to CAPS, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT.
The proposed growth policy amendment, called the Land Use Element, staff report and public comment can be found on here.