Unified Development Code
A working draft of our development code was completed on May 8th, 2017 for the City Commission. This working draft will continue to evolve through the review process to a final draft for the City Commission to consider.
Review the Unified Development Code (UDC) draft document HERE.
Review a working draft of the designated block frontage map HERE.
We have prepared this handy comparison between the old and revised organization.
There is an immense amount of information to digest so these facilitated workshops are intended to guide us through each component of the code prior to formal adoption hearings that will begin after the public outreach.
Workshop Presentations :
- Workshop #1: General Overview of the UDC Update (5.11.17)
- Workshop #2: Neighborhoods Related Deep Dive (5.23.17)
- Workshop #3: Design Professionals Deep Dive (5.25.17)
- Workshop #4: Planning & Engineering Deep Dive (6.1.17)
- Workshop #5: General Overview of the UDC Update (6.8.17)
Bozeman Design Manual
A preliminary draft of the Bozeman Design Manual will also be available on this website starting May 8, 2017. This resource is proposed as an update to and replacement of the Bozeman Design Objectives Plan. As you read through the BDM, please be advised that the "working" status of this draft means that content, formatting and graphics are subject to and intended for continued modification.
Review the draft of the Bozeman Design Manual HERE.
For questions or comments, please contact Rebecca Owens at 406.582.2260 or Email
The City of Bozeman’s development code update continues. We are aggressively working to stay on track and are making great headway. The Midtown zoning modifications and zoning map changes are complete, we recently brought proposed changes cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication and maintenance and demolition of historic properties before the City Commission, and other revisions will follow. These modifications will be fully implemented in the spring with all other proposed changes. Additional changes will be discussed in future meetings so stay tuned. A complete adoption schedule is now available.
Our reorganized development code is complete. Bozeman's existing Unified Development Code (UDC) has been updated incrementally over several decades and is now organized into 44 articles. This organization makes the code increasingly difficult to use and amend. The re-organization consolidates it into seven articles as part of the effort to make the UDC easier to use for all participants.
Click Here to View the New Development Code Format (Articles 1-7 under Development Code Reorganization and Numbering)
- General provisions (user guide, and purpose & authority)
- Permits, legislative actions & procedures (consolidates project applications, review procedures, and approval criteria)
- Zoning districts & land use (introduces zones, permitted uses, and density & dimensional standards)
- Community design (includes standards related to public and larger scale community design issues such as streets, block size & connectivity, subdivision design, and parks)
- Project design (includes standards to apply to the design of individual developments, including development frontages, site planning, building design, parking, landscaping, signage, etc.)
- Natural resource protection (mostly wetlands and floodplain regulations)
These article titles are broad enough that future code amendments should easily be able fit within one of the articles (without having to add new articles at the end – a common current practice).
Updated Chapter Hierarchy
The pyramid below identifies the updated hierarchy of the reorganized code. The chart on pages 3-5 compares the article organization of existing code with the proposed code (as in several cases, current articles may be consolidated under one article as separate “divisions”.
Other User-Friendly Changes
Two other notable user-friendly changes have been made to the UDC update:
- Emphasize clear tables over long and often repetitive text lists. The best examples of this are the permitted use and form and intensity standards charts in Article 3. Currently, there are several permitted use charts spread among multiple articles. In the proposed update, the use charts are consolidated into two charts: one for residential-based districts and another for commercial and mixed-use districts. A similar approach has been taken with the form and intensity standards.
- Illustrations are now located together in the section with applicable standards or provisions, rather than clustered at the end in an appendix. This makes them much more accessible.
Existing Code Citations
For each section in the proposed new code, there is a citation of the applicable existing code number in parentheses and italicized.
Last June, the City distributed a brief questionnaire regarding many of the recommendations made for phase one. To summarize:
- Respondents generally approved update recommendations, with close to 70% of the tally supporting concepts as either “Great idea” or “Good idea.”
- Respondents liked recommendations proposed for Bozeman’s commercial districts, but also supported diversity, avoiding a “cookie cutter” look.
- Concerns were expressed where strong buffer/transition areas were needed, preventing drastic changes in types of use and/or building heights.
- Respondents offered strong support for housing diversity, including cottage housing, townhomes and accessory dwelling units (ADU’s), but were divided on whether to incentivize “affordable housing.”
- Respondents were nearly unanimous in requiring the dedication and/or improvement of parks, open spaces, and trails with new development.
Community Design Framework
Our growing community is creating new challenges. Looking back, development has been relatively incremental and proportionate to the existing neighborhoods. With an annual growth rate of approximately 3.6% from 2014-2015. That's a lot of new people who call Bozeman home. To accomodate new residence while maintaining the character of our existing neighborhoods and develop in a manner that retains our sense of identity, the City is exploring a concept of a Community Framework to inform how revitalization, infill and new development integrates into our community.
We have developed this map identifying areas that may employ this:
Coming Soon: Complete Block Frontage Map
About the Code Update
The Community Development Department is currently in the process of updating Bozeman's Development Code. The intent is that the Development Code clearly communicate the community's expectations for development as expressed in the Community Plan. The purposes of the 2015 Development Code Update are to:
- Implement the recommendations of the City's adopted Comprehensive Plan (2009) and its detailed neighborhood and special area plans by:
- Encouraging the creation of vibrant mixed-use districts,
- Achieving high-quality infill and redevelopment,
- Integrating thoughtful greenfield development,
- Generate North 7th Corridor Plan (Midtown) implementation and design provisions.
- Include traditional neighborhood development zoning districts for the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD)
- Include additional provisions to promote and support sustainability including best management practices (BMPs) for storm water, water use, and lighting, and linking land use and transportation (auto, transit, biking and pedestrian).
- Support the Comprehensive Plan to promote and support a safe, diverse, healthy, and affordable housing stock.
- Comply with changes to State Law.
- Make the Development Code a more concise and use-able document.
The Development Code Update is a comprehensive update that covers many topics, diverse geographic area, and complex development-related issues. Please note that the calendar and news will be updated on an ongoing basis to reflect community interest as well as Planning Board, Zoning Commission and City Commission direction. All public meetings of proposed Development Code Amendments will be posted when available.
Please Contact Tom Rogers at 406-582-2260 for more information.