Missoula may change process for parkland deals

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Money from cash-in-lieu of parkland agreements have been used for many projects, including the connection between the Kim Williams Trail and Canyon River Trail.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Jordan Hansen

Missoula is considering an amendment to city regulations regarding parkland that would place potential subdivision appraisal in city hands. 

This would specifically impact cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication. Montana state law requires that 11% of a subdivision parceling land into one-half acre or smaller lots be dedicated as parkland or cash-in-lieu of it.

Missoula is considering an amendment to city regulations regarding parkland that would place potential subdivision appraisal in city hands. Music by Travis Yost (themightytravis.com)

Ben Smith

The parkland dedication requirement drops in percentage if the land is subdivided into larger parcels.

In some instances, developers pay money to a city instead of designating land as parks. This has been a topic of discussion around recent development projects, including McNett Flats off Mullan Road.

“I think

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