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Comprehensive Review of Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District and Historic Preservation Program

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS NCOD Review Project - Now Available  

 The City of Bozeman has completed and released the Final Recommendations of the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District Review Project.

Thanks to everyone who attended all of the polling stations, community events and gave valuable public input. We worked hard to collect as many voices regarding the NCOD as possible.

 We would also like to thank the consultant team BendonAdams for all of the work on this project.


Final NCOD Project Work Plan Document 



On June 4th, 2018 the City of Bozeman Commission approved a professional services agreement with the consulting firm BendonAdams to complete a project to evaluate potential alternatives to the existing Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD) and restructuring of the Historic Preservation Program.

The current project builds upon the previous work in 2015, consulting firms KLJ & ARCHitecture Trio to evaluate the effects of the NCOD on historic preservation, affordable housing and infill developments within the NCOD. These findings were produced in the 2015 NCOD Report.

The current project is to propose actionable and specific potential alternatives to the current laws, regulations, boundaries and procedures of the NCOD and associated Historic Preservation Program.

For more information contact Phillipe Gonzalez at, 406-582-2940

Relevant Documents


 NCOD Review Draft -- 10/29/18


Public Outreach #2 Results 

  1. Public Outreach #2 Summary 
  2. Public Outreach #2 Cumulative Data Set


Public Outreach #1 Results

  1. Public Outreach #1 Summary
  2. Public Outreach #1 Cumulative Data Set


Information Release & Schedule #2 (Past Event Information)

Information Release & Schedule #1 (Past Event Information) 

City of Bozeman NCOD & Historic Preservation Program Video


Map of the NCOD 

NCOD map



1. What is the NCOD?

The Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD) is a overlay district created in 1991. Its purpose is to stimulate the restoration and rehabilitation of structures, and all other elements contributing to the character and fabric of established residential neighborhoods and commercial or industrial areas.

The NCOD contains 8 of Bozeman’s National Register Historic Districts and all 45 Individually Listed Properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

2. What is the purpose of this project?

The Community Development Department is in the process of reviewing the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District and the Historic Preservation Program. The intent of this project is to evaluate and explore potential alternatives to the NCOD and a restructure of the existing preservation program to better meet today’s community needs as the result of rapid change since the NCOD was first created.

3. What is the Scope of Work for this project?

Recommend alternatives to the current laws, regulations and physical boundaries of the NCOD. Alternatives that include metrics to determine their success will be provided when possible.

Recommendations for a restructured preservation program that can function in conjunction with or independently of the NCOD and continue to promote and preserve the historic built environment of the City of Bozeman.

4. What is the difference between an overlay district and zoning district?

An overlay district is an additional district applied over one or more already established zoning districts. An overlay establishes additional or stricter standards and criteria in addition to those underlying zoning districts. Communities have used overlay districts to focus the conservation of features such as historic districts, wetlands, waterfront development, etc. An overlay can be applied to one or several zone districts.

5. How was the border of the NCOD created?

The border of the NCOD is reflective of a 1957 Bozeman census boundary.

6. How do I get involved?

The City and its consultant are committed to involving the public as much as possible, and plan to host several public meetings and workshops, maintain a project website, conduct informal questionnaires, and more. Take part in any or all of the events and activities, follow the work on-line, sign up for e-mail notices, and be sure to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns!

7. How long will the process take?

The NCOD & Historic Preservation Program Review project is the first phase of a two phase project. This first phase is scheduled to be completed February 2019, though is subject to change.

8. Who will make the final decision on changes?

The NCOD & Historic Preservation Program Review project are under the direction of the City Commission. The City Commission will make decisions on policy and amendments to zoning code after holding public hearings and considering public input. Decision may happen in stages.



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