Missoulians speak up against potential rezoning of their subdivision

Posted at 8:01 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 11:25:35-04

MISSOULA — The Missoula City Council decided to hold their first public hearing on rezoning of nearly 58 acres of land north of Mullan Road after members of the public vocied concerns over the proposed project.

The proposed rezoning of the 57.5 acres of land will significantly increase the number of units originally set for this area.

What’s especially stirring controversy is that developers are asking to change the current zoning from Residential Medium to Neighborhood Mixed Use. That’s more than just a plan for denser housing – it also means the new zoning would allow commercial development for businesses and apartments.

The plan fits Missoula’s new city growth policy, but residents who live in the area say that they didn’t sign up for this when they decided to invest their lives here. A portion of residents who live in the subdivision are also not enthused about the new dynamic that comes with adding more neighborhoods, people, and traffic.

These residents plan to share their concerns with City Council tonight. The potential developers of the subdivision will also pitch to the city council why their plan is an overall good for Missoula’s housing needs.