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Missoula County Growth Policy Available for Review


MISSOULA - The draft Missoula County Growth Policy is available for public and agency comment. The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on the Missoula County Growth Policy Update on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Missoula City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine Street, Missoula, Mont. After the Planning Board has made a recommendation, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on this item at a date yet to be determined.

This follows an extensive public process involving multiple opportunities for engagement. There have been three rounds of meetings throughout the county, visits to community councils, interviews and meetings with key stakeholders and agencies, regular project website updates, online questionnaires and solicitation of written comments. This document is intended to replace the current growth policy that was developed in 2005, and subsequently amended.

The Growth Policy provides guidance for future development and a foundation and direction for County planning efforts and community development initiatives for the next 5 to 20 years. The updated Missoula County Growth Policy is organized into the themes of Landscapes, Livelihoods, and Communities.

Chapter 1 – The introduction, which includes the vision statement

Chapter 2 – The policy and action plan that includes goals, objectives, and action strategies Chapter 3 – A description of how Missoula County will coordinate efforts with other jurisdictions Chapter 4 – A description of options for future locally-driven planning efforts

Chapter 5 – The definition of subdivision review criteria and how they are intended to be used

Chapter 6 – A strategy for development, replacement, and maintenance of public infrastructure

Chapter 7 – A description of how to use the growth policy

Chapter 8 – The guidelines for amendment and revision of the growth policy

Chapter 9 – Information on existing conditions and projected trends

The draft Missoula County Growth Policy can be viewed at The draft document is also available for public inspection at the Missoula County Community and Planning Services Office, 317 Woody Street, Missoula and the Missoula County Commissioners Office, second floor of the Missoula County Administration Building, 199 W Pine, Missoula.

Public attendance and comments are welcomed and encouraged. Comments may be directed to Missoula County Community and Planning Services at 200 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT, 59802, or via email to Comments received before Dec. 1 will be forwarded to the Planning Board for consideration in their review. For questions about the draft proposal or this project, please contact Karen Hughes at or 406-258-3425.


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