Join us for our next public open house!
What: A drop-in event for you to review and give feedback on the proposed future land use map. Bozeman is growing, where will the next 50,000 go?
When: October 17th anytime from 4 - 6 PM
Where: Bozeman City Hall Commission Room (121 N Rouse Ave Bozeman MT 59715)
The City of Bozeman is updating its Community Plan, which will guide future growth and development within the City over the next ten to twenty years. The Community Plan update has engaged the public in defining seven themes for the future of Bozeman. The Community Plan is guided by you and the strategic plan, which the City Commission adopted in April 2018.
The purpose of the Community Plan is to integrate the concerns and desires of the community into a document that guides the City on how to grow and develop. A high rate of land development, changing economic conditions and employment, and maturing nearby communities make it necessary to update plans for the future growth of the community.
The next and final step in this process is create a Draft Community Plan based on the goals and objectives listed above, and in line with the seven themes already developed. A new component of the Plan will be the integration of measures of success - are we achieving the desired outcome? are we applying the City’s limited resources most effectively to accommodate growth? are all of the City’s plans (i.e. Transportation Plan; Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan; and supporting infrastructure plans) consistent?
See below for project documents to-date.
Phase II: Analysis + Vision
Phase III: Opportunities + Choices
Phase III involved finalizing the plans goals, objectives, and how to measure success. The Planning Board was the driver on this component. A draft of this work will be available shorty.
Community Plan Schedule:
- October 15th: Planning Board special meetings to review Draft Plan (consultant Logan Simpson attending)
- October 17th - Community Plan Open House - Land Use Map and 7 Themes
- 4-6 PM in the City Hall Commission Room (121 N Rouse Ave)
- October 22nd: Planning board special meeting to review Draft Plan
- October 29th: Planning Board special meeting to review Draft Plan
- December 3rd - Community Plan Open House
- 4-6 PM in the City Hall Commission Room (121 N Rouse Ave)
Community Plan Update Documents & Reports
- Bozeman Demographic and Real Estate Market Assessment 01-28-18
- Bozeman Community Plan 2009
- Bozeman Community Plan Project Summary
- Community Plan Opportunity Drawings
- Vision Boards
- Opportunities Survey Summary
- Phase I: Foundation | Outreach Summary - 09-2018
- Phase III: Opportunities + Choices | Outreach Summary 11 - 2018
- Bozeman 2040 Wordcloud 10-12-18
- Bozeman Loves Wordcloud 10-12-18
- Bozeman Improves Wordcloud 10-12-18
- Community Plan Timeline Aug. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Why is the City updating the Bozeman Community Plan?The city population has grown by almost 30% since the last version of the plan was completed in 2009. Many of the goals and implementation steps from the 2009 plan have been completed. It is appropriate to update for the new circumstances facing the City. The 2009 version of the Bozeman Community Plan is available online.
How can I be involved in the update?
There will be many opportunities to engage in the update process. A project web page has been setup at www.bozeman.net\communityplan. Surveys, comment forms, information on various events, and drafts of documents are all available now and as the project progresses. Public comments are invited and welcome at any time during the update process. Comments can be sent via US Mail to Community Development, PO Box 1230, Bozeman MT 59771 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. All three locations will reach the Planning Board and City Commission during the update process.
You may also speak directly to either the City Commission or Planning Board during the public comment period that happens at each of their meetings. A calendar of all City Commission and advisory board meetings is available on the City's website.
What is the purpose of the Bozeman Community Plan?
The Bozeman Community Plan focuses on issues of land use and development within the City and immediately adjacent areas. The state law authorizing land use planning says "76-1-102. Purpose. (1) It is the object of this chapter to encourage local units of government to improve the present health, safety, convenience, and welfare of their citizens and to plan for the future development of their communities to the end that highway systems be carefully planned; that new community centers grow only with adequate highway, utility, health, educational, and recreational facilities; that the needs of agriculture, industry, and business be recognized in future growth; that residential areas provide healthy surroundings for family life; and that the growth of the community be commensurate with and promotive of the efficient and economical use of public funds."
The Bozeman Community Plan is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan which establishes very high level objectives in seven areas. The Strategic Plan was adopted on April 16, 2018.
Does the City have other planning documents?
Are there other City plans or studies happening right now?Yes, the City is also presently reviewing its Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District that sets standards for historic preservation and neighborhood protection in the older area of town, a plan specifically for the Downtown area, and is undertaking an analysis of affordable housing needs and action plan. Links to the website for each of these efforts are provided.
Is the City working with Gallatin County on this update?Yes, an essential element of the Bozeman Community Plan is to describe how Bozeman and Gallatin County will coordinate and work together on the area where the land use decision making authority of the two intersect. An infrastructure coordination plan will be an element of the plan. The plan will be adopted only by the City.
Are there other intergovernmental land use coordination efforts ongoing?
The City of Bozeman, City of Belgrade, and Gallatin County have also created the Planning Coordination Committee (PCC) through interlocal agreement. This ongoing effort is for information exchange and coordination. It is an advisory body and makes no final decisions for any of the three participating local governments.. The Memorandum of Understanding that creates the PCC is available for review online.
Public Comment may be submitted by any of the following options.
Attn: Community Development
PO Box 1230
Bozeman, MT 59771
In-person delivery to:
20 E. Olive Street, main floor
Bozeman, MT 59715
Public hearings will be held prior to any final action. No public hearings have been scheduled at this time. Public comment is also invited at all hearings.