Commissioners give final approval for new zoning

Bret Anne Serbin

After more than 40 years, the Missoula County Commissioners on Thursday adopted their final resolution to update the county’s zoning code.

The update includes changes to make development easier and increase environmental protections.

“This is a big deal,” said Commissioner Dave Strohmaier. “Folks oftentimes ask us, ‘What’s Missoula County doing about housing, affordable housing?’ Well, this is part of the package right here. This is not insignificant.”

Board Chair Juanita Vero agreed, calling the decision “monumental.”

The commissioners first voted to approve a code overhaul on May 5. The previous code went into place in 1976.

The code applies to county land outside Missoula city limits, including Bonner, East Missoula and the Wye. 

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County staff said no new public comment after more than 20 people weighed in at the May 5 meeting.

“I think everybody who has something to say has said it,” Commissioner Josh Slotnick said Thursday.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the zoning update.

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The commissioners were also unanimous in their support for a new interlocal agreement for the Missoula City-County Health Department.

New state legislation — House Bills 121 and 257 — sparked the need for a change to

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