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City of Bozeman prepares for growth with future land use map

The city will host an open house on Thursday at 4pm
Posted at 3:38 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 17:38:41-04

The City of Bozeman will host a community open house to review one of its most important planning tools: a new draft of the future land use map.

“This is the document that sort of indicates like the foundation of the community, like where we will be growing, what quadrants of the city will be developed and kind of how,” said Tom Rogers, senior planner with the City of Bozeman.

The future land use map designates eight land classifications, such as residential, industrial, or currently inappropriate for urban development.

The goal: to make it easier for the public to understand where and how the city will grow.

“That sense of community, character, open space, trails, parks. This is the road map that we use to nudge development in a way that the residents and the way the people of Bozeman really want to happen,” said Rogers.

A draft of the city’s new future land use map is currently on display at City Hall.

Some of the more notable updates include more commercial and mixed use area plots in residential areas that have expanded outside the central part of the city.

“It’s your community. This is where you live. This is your neighborhood. If you want to care what happens to that open field adjacent to you, you should participate, show up, share what you think, tell the city commission what you think and how we should grow.”

The open house is set for 4 p.m. Thursday at Bozeman City Hall.