The Community Plan and Future Land Use Map
The final review on the Planning Board (Board) draft of the Bozeman Community Plan (Plan) or growth policy, is set for Tuesday, July 21, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm. The final draft includes both the Plan text and Future Land Use Map. The new Plan will entirely replace the current growth policy. Links to both documents are just below. As required by State law, the Board is charged with creating a draft Plan to present to the City Commission for final review, action, and eventual adoption. In other words, there will be more opportunity to comment and direct the City’s future.
Your comments, ideas, and feedback are important. Please share your thoughts via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the public hearings listed below.
An essential element of the Plan is the Future Land Use Map or FLUM. This map shows general patterns for future development throughout the Bozeman planning area. The planning area includes lands outside the City limits and extends approximately 1 to 3 miles beyond. The map is important because it helps the City align its investment in infrastructure with where development will occur in the future, coordinate with Gallatin County and inform land owners. Good planning is fiscally and environmentally responsible.
Community Plan Schedule:
- Planning Board hearing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm via WebEx. After action by the Board is completed the following general schedule with the City Commission is proposed (the schedule may change depending on the degree of amendments to the draft directed by the Planning Board or City Commission and unforeseen scheduling challenges with the City Commission:
- July 22nd-August 5th – Revisions for Planning Board motions and amendments
- August 6th – publish PB recommended draft to the website
- August 18th – Short introduction (15 min) to City Commission of Planning Board recommendation and kickoff of City Commission review
- August 25th – City Commission adopts Resolution of Intent to adopt growth policy and setting public hearing dates (Consent agenda action is anticipated)
- September – Public outreach regarding the Plan
- October 13th – 1st City Commission public hearing
- October 27th – 2nd City Commission public hearing with direction of amendments
- October 28th to November 12th – Revisions to text and map as needed to implement City Commission direction
- November 24 – Final City Commission hearing and presentation resolution of adoption for final action
Public comments on the Bozeman Community Plan can be submitted to email@example.com or to City of Bozeman, Attention Tom Rogers and Chris Saunders, PO Box 1230, Bozeman MT 59771.
You can click this link Bozeman Community Plan 2009 to compare the older version that includes the future land use map from 2009.
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, special topic plans for individual municipal services, 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.
Once the final draft of the plan is adopted, the next step is to develop the final methods of measuring progress as outlined in Chapter 4 of the Plan. The Plan recommends a variety of implementing actions. The City Commission will prioritize which implementation actions to go first. The City Manager and Staff will then work to execute the prioritized actions.
Community Plan Update Documents & Reports
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 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.