The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board will hold a public hearing to review the proposal on Tuesday, October 30, starting at 7:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 140 Pine St., Missoula. Planning Board recommendations will be forwarded, along with public comment to the Missoula City Council at a final public hearing.
The Missoula City Council will set a public hearing date, likely to be held in mid-December.
We want to hear from you! Public comments may be shared:
a) In a letter mailed to Development Services;
b) In an email* with a request to be forwarded to the Planning Board; or
c) In person by attending public hearings. Official protest must follow a specific format – see details below.
Written comments received before the Planning Board public hearing will be forwarded to the Board members for their consideration. Comments submitted after the Planning Board hearing will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration. Ultimately, comments will continue to be considered up until the time that the City Council makes a final decision on the project.
City and state laws include a right for affected property owners to protest the proposed ordinances. A supermajority vote (2/3 of those Council members present and voting) may be required if protests are received from owners of 25% or more of:
1. The area of the parcels that are the subject of the proposed change; or
2. The parcels or units, as defined in MCA § 70-23-102, within 150 feet of the parcel that is the subject of the proposed change.
State law (76-2-305 Montana Code Annotated) includes requirements for a zoning protest to be valid and counted in the official tally. The protest must:
*Please note that e-mail protests are not valid unless the protest is a scanned attachment containing all signatures. Protests may be filed or withdrawn until the City Council makes a final decision. Only owners inside the affected proposed overlay zoning districts and a buffer of 150 feet (adjacent) will be counted in the official tally. The City will compare the petitions received with the ownership listed on official tax records and other public records to ascertain property ownership and location.