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 engages the public in defining a shared vision for the future of Bozeman. The Community Plan is guided by you and the strategic plan, which the City Commission adopted last April.
The purpose of the Community Plan is to integrate the concerns and expressions 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.
With your help throughout this process, we have learned what you love about Bozeman, what you would improve about Bozeman, and what you want Bozeman’s future to look like. Seven vision themes have been developed, and from them, opportunities to help guide Bozeman as it continues to grow.
The next step in this process is to develop goals and objectives for the Community Plan. The goals and objectives will be derived from ongoing public input, existing conditions in the community and adopted plans, and staff review and will be developed specifically for each of the vision themes. Progress indicators are also being created in order to track and monitor the plan's success.
Phase II Summary - Newly Updated!
The update the Bozeman Community Plan is ongoing and we are gathering great information from you and all the participates who attended one of the many public events we have held during the week of August 6 – 9, 2018 and October 15 – 17, 2018.
Six “Themes” have evolved from your effort:
- The Shape of the City
- A City of Neighborhoods
- A City Bolstered by Downtown and Complementary Districts
- A City Influenced by our Mountains, Parks, Trails, and Open Space
- A City Influenced by Regional Coordination and Defined Edges
- A City that Prioritizes Mobility Choices
- A City Powered by its Creative, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial Economy
We have compiled a summary of responses from the second questionnaire that have been submitted to date. You are welcome and encouraged to complete the questionnaire if you haven’t done so already.
A more complete phase 2 summary will be added shortly. Stayed tuned!
Community Plan Documents & Reports
Community Plan Update Documents & Reports
- Updated Community Plan Vision Boards
- Parks and Open Space (Drawing Board #2)
- Dense Multimodal Corrodors (Drawing Board #3)
- Transportation Alternatives (Drawing Board #4)
- Mixed use Neighborhoods (Drawing Board #5)
- District Communities (Drawing Board #8)
- Bozeman Community Plan Project Summary
- Community Plan Ph. I Outreach Summary 09-14-18
- Bozeman Demographic and Real Estate Market Assessment 01-28-18
- Bozeman Community Plan 2009
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?Yes, the City prepares many plans for different utilities and services. Each of them are available for public review. A listing and links to land use plans is available through Community Development at this link. Plans relating to water and transportation are available through the Engineering Division.
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.