UDC Update


The City of Bozeman’s code update process is still underway. Here’s a quick update:
Led by findings from this spring’s kickoff meeting, open house and storefront studio event, the City Planning Board and City Commission reviewed and adopted a set of code revisions applied to (area/corridor).

As for the rest of Bozeman, the City felt that other, related efforts needed time enough to advance – enabling things like future gateway features to shape the code update process. That’s all happening now – and it’s expected code update work will resume in-earnest later this fall. Look for dates on this second phase of the work to be announced soon.     
Here’s a graphic showing where we’re at, and what’s left to accomplish:
(Schedule graphic)


Last June, the City distributed a brief questionnaire regarding many of the recommendations made for phase one. A complete tally and list of comments from that effort are available here, but to summarize:

  • Respondents generally approved update recommendations, with close to 70% of the tally supporting concepts as either “Great idea” or “Good idea.”
  • Respondents liked recommendations proposed for Bozeman’s commercial districts, but also supported diversity, avoiding a “cookie cutter” look.
  • Concerns were expressed where strong buffer/transition areas were needed, preventing drastic changes in types of use and/or building heights.
  • Respondents offered strong support for housing diversity, including cottage housing, townhomes and accessory dwelling units (ADU’s), but were divided on whether to incentivize “affordable housing.” 
  • Respondents were nearly unanimous in requiring the dedication and/or improvement of parks, open spaces, and trails with new development. 

Community Design Framework

Our growing community is creating new challenges. Looking back, development has been relatively incremental and proportionate to the existing neighborhoods. With an annual growth rate of approximately 3.6% from 2014-2015. That's a lot of new people who call Bozeman home. To accomodate new residence while maintaining the character of our existing neighborhoods and develop in a manner that retains our sense of identity, the City is exploring a concept of a Community Framework to inform how revitalization, infill and new development integrates into our community. 

We have developed this map identifying areas that may employ this:

Select the Area maps below to zoom in and find out more about each area:

Area 1
Area 2 and 3
Area 4 and 6
Area 5
Area 7 and 10
Area 8
Area 9
Area 11
Area 12

About the Code Update

The Community Development Department is currently in the process of updating Bozeman's Development Code. The intent is that the Development Code clearly communicate the community's expectations for development as expressed in the Community Plan. The purposes of the 2015 Development Code Update are to:

  1. Implement the recommendations of the City's adopted Comprehensive Plan (2009) and its detailed neighborhood and special area plans by:

  • Encouraging the creation of vibrant mixed-use districts,

  • Achieving high-quality infill and redevelopment,

  • Integrating thoughtful greenfield development,

  1. Generate North 7th Corridor Plan (Midtown) implementation and design provisions.

  2. Include traditional neighborhood development zoning districts for the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD)

  3. Include additional provisions to promote and support sustainability including best management practices (BMPs) for storm water, water use, and lighting, and linking land use and transportation (auto, transit, biking and pedestrian).

  4. Support the Comprehensive Plan to promote and support a safe, diverse, healthy, and affordable housing stock.

  5. Comply with changes to State Law.

  6. Make the Development Code a more concise and useable document.

The Development Code Update is a comprehensive update that covers many topics, diverse geographic area, and complex development-related issues. Please note that the calendar and news will be updated on an ongoing basis to reflect community interest as well as Planning Board, Zoning Commission and City Commission direction. All public meetings of proposed Development Code Amendments will be posted when available.

Please Contact Tom Rogers at 406-582-2260 for more information.


The City is also reviewing the Design Objectives Plan

. Please visit this project's page to learn more. 

Project Manager

Tom Rogers, AICP
Community Development
City of Bozeman