County Proposes Zoning Update on Housing, Ag and Water Quality

Zoning for the most part hasn’t changed since the 1970’s in Missoula County, so Community and Planning staff is asking for public input on proposed updates that will affect affordable housing, agriculture, water quality and wildlife.

Community and Planning Services Senior Planner Andrew Hagemaier provided details about the project.

“Missoula County adopted a zoning regulation for roughly the area from generally the Wye over to Bonner; Miller Creek up to the Rattlesnake, that general area,” said Hagemaier. “So this isn’t a countywide zoning, it’s a Missoula Valley zoning, and that was in the 1970s, I think the exact date was in 1976 that they adopted it. We’ve been making tweaks to it over time, but we’ve never really did a complete reset.”

Hagemaier said that obviously the housing situation in Missoula County has changed drastically since the 1970’s.

“How we looked at housing in 1976 is totally different than what our housing needs are today,” he said. “But also things like the way we think about our community, wildlife and water quality and commercial use. It has evolved a lot and so it just felt like it was just time for us to take a step back and take a big look at our

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