Join Us to Provide Feedback at the 2019 Sweet Pea Festival!
We are entering the fourth and final phase of the development of Bozeman’s Community Plan. Phase IV includes a lot of work but it’s prime time to check in with you to ask a few questions and reach some people who were not a part of the initial phases of the planning process.
We’ll be at the entrance to Sweet Pea, near the Gallagator Trail and the south entrance to Lindley Park. Stop by on your way in or on your way home to hear what’s going on and pick up a handout that includes upcoming events and ways to influence the outcome.
- Fri. (8/2/19) 4:00 – 7:00 pm
- Sat. (8/3/19) 12:00 – 4:00 pm
- Sun. (8/4/19) 11:00 – 2:00 pm
“In our effort to make sure we have things right. Take this online questionnaire to weigh in on current information. Let your voice be heard!”
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:
- August 2nd - 4th: Awareness outreach at Sweet Pea Festival by consultant Logan Simpson and Community Development Staff
- August 2nd - 19th: Awareness questionnaire distributed to citizens through online and in person channels (Website, Nextdoor, Facebook, INC Board, etc.)
- August 19th: City of Bozeman Community Development staff providing comments on draft plan
- September 2nd: City of Bozeman City Management staff providing comments on draft plan
- September 18th: Logan Simpson making final edits based off staff comments prior to going to Planning Board
- OCTOBER: PUBLIC OUTREACH EVENTS TO GATHER FEEDBACK
- October 1st: Formal public notice for Planning Board review of Draft Plan
- October 15th: Planning Board special meetings to review Draft Plan (consultant Logan Simpson attending, date flexible)
- October 22nd: Planning board special meeting to review Draft Plan
- October 29th: Planning Board special meeting to review Draft Plan, tentative vote for recommendation to City Commission
- October 30th: Logan Simpson making final edits based off Planning Board prior to noticing for City Commission
- NOVEMBER: PUBLIC OUTREACH EVENTS TO GATHER FEEDBACK
- November 10th: Formal public notice for City Commission review of Draft Plan
- December 2nd: First opportunity for Draft Plan to come before City Commission based on noticing requirements. (Suggested formal presentation by staff with consultant Logan Simpson attending and then extend conversation to January 2020)
- January 2nd - 13th: Promoting final opportunity for public comment on draft plan
- January 13th: Consider for Draft Plan adoption with staff recommended changes
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.