Nugent voted in as Missoula land use and planning chair

Bret Anne Serbin

Ward 4 Missoula City Council member Mike Nugent was unanimously selected to serve as the chair of the city’s Land Use and Planning Committee Wednesday morning.

Nugent succeeds Jordan Hess, who was appointed mayor last week by council. Hess’ appointment to the mayor post created a shakeup in the council that required the governing body to select a new vice president, Stacie Anderson, on Monday, followed by a new Land Use and Planning Chair on Wednesday.

Council also has an opening for Hess’ vacated Ward 2 seat. Applications, which can be found on the city website, are due by noon on Sept. 22.

The Land Use and Planning Chair oversees committee decisions primarily regarding subdivisions and zoning.

Nugent was the only nominee on Wednesday. Nugent’s fellow Ward 4 representative, Amber Sherrill, nominated him. 10 committee members voted in support of Nugent, with Ward 5 Representative John Contos absent.

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“I think Mike is uniquely positioned to take over this committee,” Sherrill said. “He clearly understands the real estate market as well as the challenges that homeowners and developers have in bringing these different projects to fruition.

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