Completed Projects in City Planning

Projects recently completed by the City Planning Section. Visit the Current Projects page, to see what we are working on right now.


  • Annual Zoning (Title 20) Update (2020) -

The City Zoning Ordinance (Title 20) annual update 2020 was adopted at the October 19 Missoula City Council meeting, and went into effect on November 18.  This project supported the City’s strategic framework by continuing to refine and clarify land-use regulations to provide predictability for developers who share our goals and vision as well, implemented recommendations from the Housing Policy, collaborated between divisions to create clear regulatory alignments, and included other updates in the package. Information regarding the Title 20 Update can be found at Missoula Zoning Code Updates located on the City’s new online engagement platform Engage Missoula. (

  • Sxwtpqyen (S-wh-tip-KANE) Area Master Plan Project -

This project was conducted through a partnership between City and County planning efforts in order to plan for future development in the undeveloped area between the Missoula International Airport, Mullan Road, Broadway (HWY 10) and the existing development along Reserve Street. The process began in spring 2020 and was adopted on December 14th, 2020.Project leads were, Tom Zavitz , City Project Lead, at, 406-552-6632 or Andrew Hagemeier, County Project Lead, at, 406-258-3707. More information on the plan and associated form based code is currently available on Engage Missoula.

  • Subdivision and TED Review and Recommendations Report -

The City contracted with Design Workshop to generate a report with recommendations for improvements to its subdivision and TED regulations and review processes. The report was presented to Missoula City Council on November 20th, 2020. More information on the report and next steps towards implementing its recommendations can be found on Engage Missoula.


  • Title 20 Updates Related to Townhome Exemption Development (TED) - The Missoula City Council adopted zoning updates relating to Townhome Exemption Development on October 7th, 2019, and go into effect on November 6th, 2019. The new updates remove the conditional use approval process from TED development and provide a streamlined administrative review process for TED projects that are limited to a certain size according to the underlying zoning district. Additional standards are updated or added to the ordinance to allow the city to address on-site constraints, parkland dedication, and other issues regarding safety, orderly development, and protection of the general health safety and welfare at the administrative review level. The updates also provide a route for larger residential developments to utilize TED in combination with the subdivision process. As part of this update, the zoning requirement for minimum parcel size is waived for new subdivisions. The final Ordinance can be found here. Please contact Ben Brewer with any questions at or 552-6086.
  • Townhome Exemption Development (TED) Interim Zoning Ordinance - On May 6, 2019 the City Council adopted an Interim Zoning Ordinance to address conditional use TED regulations. The interim ordinance required additional review and approval procedures, clarified eligibility and submittal requirements, and established additional development regulations for conditional use permits requests for townhome exemptions development. The interim ordinance also provided greater parcel area flexibility for future subdivisions and amended general terminology to clarify the definition of lot. The interim zoning ordinance was in effect from the adoption date through November 5th, 2019 during which time the City developed zoning changes for certain TED projects (see above). The interim TED Ordinance can be found here.
  • /AR Adaptive Reuse Overlay– The Adaptive Reuse Zoning District Overlay aids in the adaptive reuse of Historically Significant Buildings. Adaptive reuse is defined as the process of reusing an existing building, or portion of a building, for a purpose other than which it was originally built, designed or currently used for, or for the benefit of a substantial rehabilitation. The overlay language is available to view at this link: /AR Adaptive Reuse Overlay. For additional reference, the current Historic Preservation Permit (HPP) process 20.85.085, can be found here. For questions, contact Emy Scherrer, Historic Preservation Officer,
  • City of Missoula Annexation Policy– On July 22, 2019, the Missoula City Council adopted the City's first Annexation Policy. The policy provides guidance for considering annexation proposals and is based on the Our Missoula Growth Policy, Our Missoula Development Guide, industry best practices, state law and input from other municipal agencies. The policy is available to view at this link: Missoula Annexation Policy. If you have any questions, please email or call Tom Zavitz at 406-552-6632.
  • Replacement of SD-2 Zoning District– The Missoula City Council adopted an ordinance that repeals and replaces the City SD-2 zoning district. The SD-2 district is replaced with the B2-2, B3-2, C1-2, and C2-2 districts which went into effect on January 9, 2019. See City Zoning Maps.Find more information on uses permitted by City zoning districts B2, B3, C1, and C2. The ordinance can be viewed here


  • Missoula Design Excellence – The City of Missoula, in consultation with a team led by Winter & Company, proposed a new zoning overlay that provides a comprehensive set of design standards and guidelines. Please visit the project webpage for details. The City Council approved the related zoning amendments at a public hearing on Monday, December 17, 2018. The two-part ordinance can be viewed here and here.  
  •  Repeal Title 19 Zoning Enterprise Commercial (/EC) Overlay– The City adopted an ordinance on December 10, 2018  to repeal the Title 19/EC Overlay. This zoning map amendment came from a desire to create consistency throughout the city in coordinating zoning rules and regulations, and also to accommodate the new set of design standards proposed through the Design Excellence Project. The ordinance can be viewed here.
  • Historic Preservation Demolition Ordinance Amendment– Amendments to update and clarify existing language to Title 20.85.085.J: Criteria and Procedure for Review of Relocation and Demolition of Historic Resources - Historic Demolition/Relocation Permit. The proposed amendments were reviewed during a City Council public hearing on July 23rd, 2018. A motion was made to adopt the amendments into law and was passed unanimously. The ordinance can be viewed here.
  • University District Character Overlay– The City Council adopted the University Neighborhood Character Overlay in June, 2018. The amendments include the creation and application of the University District Neighborhood Character Overlay which applies to all residentially zoned lands within the University Neighborhood District. The intent of the district is to preserve development, redevelopment, and rehabilitation that is compatible with the scale, orientation and setting of original buildings in the neighborhood. The overlay district is also intended to prevent the loss of housing units in the district by prohibiting parcel aggregation. The ordinance can be viewed here.
  • Annual Title 20 (Zoning) Update– On June 4, 2018 the Missoula City Council held a public hearing to consider the proposed amendments. After consideration of the staff presentation and report, public comment, and board discussion, the City Council approved an ordinance to amend Title 20 City Zoning: Proposed 2018 City Zoning Update Amendments. Adopted amendments are in effect and can be found on the City's web site under City Laws, Title 20. Please call the Zoning Information desk at 552-6625 with any questions regarding implementation of the new regulations.


  • Signs and Terminology update – On October 2, 2017 the Missoula City Council held a public hearing regarding and adopting amendments to the Signs (20.75) and Terminology (20.100) sections of Title 20 Zoning, bringing the sections into compliance with a US Supreme court decision requiring all sign codes across the country to be content-neutral in their application. Additional amendments included updating the sections to be consistent with other Municipal codes, and clarifying language were also adopted. The current Signs (20.75) and Terminology (20.100) regulations can be found online in Title 20.
  • Brooks Street Corridor Study Plan Complete - The City of Missoula Development Services, with assistance from New Mobility West, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, Missoula Urban Transportation District, Missoula Midtown Association, and PUMA (Progressive Urban Management Associates) seeks to identify approaches that can help Brooks Street become a more transit and pedestrian-friendly corridor. Development along the corridor is underway and the time is right to begin considering opportunities to improve transportation and development planning in the area.

The study process has been completed and the final report will be available in late December.


  • Townhome Exemption Development Standards Adopted - The City Council held a public hearing on April 18, 2016 and adopted the proposed Townhome Exemption Development standards with one amendment which requires notice to neighbors of proposed Townhome Exemption Developments in single and two-unit residential zoning districts. The adopted ordinance is in effect as of May 18, 2016 and can be viewed here.
  • Wireless Communication Facilities (Cell Towers) Updates - On May 23rd, 2016 the City Council adopted amendments to the Wireless Communications Facilities (20.40.160) and Terminology (20.100) sections of Missoula's Zoning Ordinance (Title 20). Amendments were made to bring the regulations into compliance with current Federal regulations and address current technology. The new regulations can be found in ordinance from here or by referencing Title 20.
  • Annual Title 20 (Zoning) Maintenance - Annual update amendments to Title 20 (PDF)(Missoula Zoning Ordinance) were considered and adopted by the Planning Board on October 4, 2016 and the City Council November 7th. Twenty-five amendments were considered resulting in changes that included:
    • The creation of the RM2 (residential) and B3 (commercial) zoning districts
    • Clarifying mixed-use buildings are a permitted use in residential districts when uses are permitted or conditionally approved
    • Amending the Residential Support Services section (20.40.120) to make the use more viable and include development standards
    • Permitting detached accessory structures in the front yard of through lots
    • Clarifying the Screening section of the Landscape chapter
    • Permitting the conversion of accessory structures to dwellings on lots with enough lot area and subject to development standards
  • UFDA Update for 2015

    - Yearbook (PDF)
  • Tourist Home Regulation Amendments - The Recently adopted Tourist Home Ordinance (PDF) allows Tourist Home Use in all zoning districts (with restrictions) that allow residential uses. Tourist homes are also known as "vacation rentals" or "vacation rental by owner". More Information

The Tourist Home Amendment s project is a City Council Initiated proposal to allow Tourist Home Use in residential zoning districts and add license and inspection requirements.


  • UFDA Update for 2013-2014 - Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)
  • Our Missoula City Growth Policy 2035 - Document, Map
  • Annual Title 20 (Zoning) Maintenance

    - Annual maintenance amendments to Title 20 (Missoula Zoning Ordinance) were considered and adopted by the Planning Board on June 2 and the City Council July 6, 2015. Twenty eight amendments were considered resulting in changes that included:

      • Adding preschool and solar uses
      • Limiting the size of ADUs in accessory structures
      • Clarifying the transition of old CLBs to current procedures
      • Clarifying alternative compliance for landscaping, administrative adjustment for parcel area
      • Timing for certain sign types
      • Vehicle/bike parking and drive-through lanes
  •  View current regulations.


  • Social Service Use Zoning - City Council adopted an ordinance to guide the placement, permitted uses, and standards for "Soup Kitchens" (meal centers) and homeless shelters; these uses are specifically addressed in the amended zoning code. The ordinance goes into effect February 26, 2014 . Find information on our Social Service Use Zoning resource web page.
  • Amendments to Subdivision Regulations - Article Exempt Land Divisions - At their February 24 meeting, City Council passed a resolution of intention to adopt amendments to the City of Missoula Subdivision Regulations - Exempt Land Divisions, Section 8-040-Exemption Procedures. These amendments require applications be submitted directly to Development Services, instead of the City Attorney's Office, streamlining the process, and add a $200 application fee, as allowed by State Law.
  • Amend Southside Riverfront Neighborhood Character Overlay - This is a City Council initiated request to amend the building design standards of the Southside Riverfront Neighborhood Character Overlay Zone. The purpose of the overlay is intended to accommodate a mixture of commercial and residential needs of the Southside Riverfront neighborhoods in a manner that supports pedestrian movement. Building design standards included in the overlay encourage connectivity of pedestrians and businesses on public streets by requiring direct entryways, at least 20% glazing on street facing ground floor walls, and modulation of exterior walls. See staff reports and amendments on-line.
  • Russell Street Corridor Design Study - Fall of 2014, Progressive Urban Management Associates conducted a study, including a public process, to examine urban design and land use regulation as part of the City's effort to shape future building design and land use along Russell Street from South Third Street West to West Broadway. The resulting report issued December 19, Russell Street Development Recommendations (PDF), contains a summary of public input and recommendations. Funded by a grant through the Sonoran Institute, the project was completed in conjunction with the City of Missoula's Development Services and the Missoula Redevelopment Agency.


  • Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and Parking Amendment - (Ch.20.45.060 (PDF) and Ch 20.60.020 (PDF)) - Title 20. Background information is available on the City's public access website as supporting documents. For information on the ADU permitting process, check out our new ADU Fact sheet and checklist (PDF).
  • Building for Lease or Rent - The City Council adopted new Building for Lease or Rent regulations Monday, August 26; they are effective immediately. For now, please refer to the draft regulation. When the regulation is formatted and posted, this site will link to the final version. The regulations apply to multiple building or unit developments on a single lot. It includes several exemptions which make most potential developments in Missoula exempt from the regulations. For information on the applicability of the new regulations, call the Development Services information desk, (406) 552-6630.
  • Title 20 Maintenance - Approved October 28, 2013, the 2013 Title 20 Zoning Maintenance is comprised of clarifications to more clearly illustrate the language in the existing ordinance. This year's changes were to: 1. Address legislative changes, 2. Clarify when cell tower applicants are required to seek Historic Preservation Permit review, 3. Create consistency between City departments for accessory structure rear yard setbacks, 4. Clarify that long-term bike parking is required in addition to other required storage spaces, 5. Clarify available landscaping, 6. Clarify the HPC appeal process and quorum requirements, 7. Expand the applicability section of "Remedies and Enforcement Powers" to specifically include use, 8. Insert regulations addressing pump top units, 9. Address where pet services occur and it's definition and, 10. Clarify that the addition of a bay window encroaching in a setback cannot increase the usable floor area in a structure.
  • UFDA Yearbook 2012 (PDF)



  • Accessory Structure Amendments - (Ch. 20.45.020 (PDF)) - Title 20
  • City Streets, Access, and Transportation Chapter Amendment - (Article 3-020 (PDF)) - Subdivision Regulation
  • Title 20 Maintenance - Annual zoning maintenance - Title 20
  • Article 9 - Public and Private Improvements, chapter amendments (Article 9 (PDF)) Subdivision Regulations
  • Create Neighborhood Profiles - Demographic profiles for neighborhood council districts.