Missoula housing proposals face roadblocks at city meetings

Bret Anne Serbin

Two housing proposals faced opposition Wednesday as they went before city officials.

The Missoula Land Use and Planning Committee reviewed a zone change request for Grant Creek Village, and the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission heard a presentation on Fort Missoula Commons. Members of the public and city officials raised concerns with both developments.

Grant Creek Village, the larger of the two projects, would bring 700 units to the Grant Creek area if the council approves a rezoning request for taller buildings and increased density.

The development is located on 44 acres along Expo Parkway.

Changing the zoning would open Grant Creek Village up to the possibility of adding almost 200 units to the neighborhood, which is currently zoned for 502 units. Under the proposed zoning, Grant Creek Village would be eligible to include 1,185 dwelling units, but a developer’s agreement submitted by the applicant, KJA Development LLC, promises to cap that number at 700.

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The city has already approved 166 units under the current zoning.

The developer previously applied for a rezoning request in 2020, but council denied the proposal because of issues related to traffic

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