Posted: Aug 1, 2012 10:41 PM by Breanna Roy - KPAX News
Updated: Aug 2, 2012 9:03 AM
MISSOULA- The recent Missoula zoning discussion on rentals spawned another debate: How much housing should The University of Montana provide for its students?
Missoula City Councilor Caitlin Copple called a special committee meeting with UM Residence Life Director Sandy Schoonover on Wednesday to discuss student housing.
Schoonover said UM set up a committee to look at a 10-year master plan for student housing, starting this fall.
"They'll be looking at all of our facilities, whether we would renovate or would we take them down and start over again? That's what a master plan typically would do and also about would we add additional stock to our facilities taking a look at that master plan," Schoonover said.
The committee is made up of university staff, faculty, administrators and an Associated Students of UM (ASUM) student representative. Copple suggested a city council member join the team.
Schoonover said this year the on-campus dorms will not be overflowing as in years past. They're about 100 students short.
City Councilor Alex Taft said Missoula and UM need to work together to address student housing since students make up nearly a quarter of Missoula's population.