Miller Creek multipurpose development gets planning board approval

Bret Anne Serbin

Familiar concerns surrounding traffic, density and public safety weren’t enough to dissuade the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board from recommending a large multipurpose subdivision in the Miller Creek neighborhood.

The board unanimously supported three motions related to Riverfront Trails Planned United Development Subdivision on Tuesday.

The project consists of almost 44 acres of open space, a religious assembly lot; 173 residential lots consisting of townhouses, detached homes and duplexes; 110 senior living units and a five-unit multi-dwelling lot.

“This is a very complex application,” said Allison Mouch with developer Orion Planning and Design.

24.49 acres of the open space would be dedicated to the city as park land, including the entire river frontage along the Bitterroot River. Public trails would also be incorporated into the open space.

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In order to gain approval, Riverfront Trails requires a targeted growth policy amendment, rezoning and PUD subdivision approval. The Missoula City Council would also have to grant annexation and a utility service area boundary amendment.

The developers, Orion Planning and Design represented by Woith Engineering, are proposing changing the low-density growth policy designation currently in place on part of the

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