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By David Erickson

No Zoning Lets Entrepreneurs Thrive in East Missoula but for How Long?

The Montana Gap


April 12, 2018

Tom Bauer, Missoulian

Lee Bridges stands in her sheet metal fabrication shop on her property in East Missoula where she lives. Bridges wants her community to come up with its own zoning designations through Missoula County rather than be zoned by the City of Missoula once they are annexed.

MISSOULA - For Lee Bridges, a 35-year homeowner in East Missoula, and board member on the East Missoula Community Council, a big part of the path toward economic sustainability is for her community to come up with its own zoning designations.

She'd rather see that happen through the county than find her town "cookie-cutter" zoned by the City of Missoula once East Missoula is likely annexed due to growth over the next decade.

She says the cultural values and urban zoning codes of Missoula aren't always a match for how residents of the outlying communities see their future.

"We want to keep o...

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