Bozeman's Growth Over The Next 50 Years - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Bozeman's Growth Over The Next 50 Years

Posted: Updated:

BOZEMAN - The Montana Department of Commerce reports Gallatin County's population is expected to hit 100,000 people in 2017, a 7.3 percent increase.

Currently, the city of Bozeman makes up near 40,000 of Gallatin County's population. A study done by the Sonora Institute which studies the development of the west shows that by 2050, the population of Bozeman could be up to 91,000 people.

In the last couple of months, four new subdivisions were approved by city commissioners and development started. Most of the houses will be single-family homes. Economic Developer Brit Fonenot said the number of permits the city approved has increased over the last several months.

"We've already arrived at the number of permits that we had in all of last year," said Fonenot.

Fonenot said many people come to Bozeman for the quality of life.

"It's the quality-of-life issues that are so important to the people that are coming back to Bozeman," said Fonenot. "We need to keep people here by providing them with the types of jobs that they need to raise a family and participate in the local economy."

The Block M project is another major development project currently built in city limits.
The 20, three-story duplexes will be located just north of Main Street on a one-acre block bordered by East Lame Street, North Black Avenue, East Beall Street and North Tracy Avenue.

Bozeman Planning Manager Chris Saunders said a variety of housing developments puts Bozeman in a healthy economic situation.

"It is a healthy indicator that we're starting to see town homes, attached homes and apartments coming back through the construction process," said Saunders. "This shows that there's a depth of interest in the market to bring new materials into the marketplace."

A study done by the Sonora Institute shows buyers want to live in areas like Bozeman where they can walk to their destinations.

"In Bozeman people are willing to spend up to 20 percent more to purchase a house that is in a walkable neighborhood that's close to other destinations and amenities," said John Lavey, Sonora Institute Land Use Planner.

The recession hit Bozeman in 2008, but since then Saunders said Bozeman has turned around.

"Bozeman held a much stronger position throughout the recession than many other communities," said Saunders. "Before the recession we we're seeing a huge amount of construction of attached housing almost 75 percent rate which included town homes and apartments. During the recession, that switched it probably became 75 percent or more detached home. Now we're getting back to somewhere in the middle."

Saunders said even in the lowest housing development year there were still about 150 homes built in Bozeman. By 2050, the Sonora Institute estimates that about 28,000 new homes could be built in the city.

For more information on the county's expected growth, click here.

  • Home: Butte/Bozeman NewsMore>>

  • Big Sky Coach Charged With Rape, Bail Set

    Big Sky Coach Charged With Rape, Bail Set

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:20:53 GMT
    Lone Peak girl's basketball coach Cyle Kokot made his initial appearance in court this morning at the Gallatin County Court house after being charged with two counts of rape.
    Lone Peak girl's basketball coach Cyle Kokot made his initial appearance in court this morning at the Gallatin County Court house after being charged with two counts of rape.
  • Body of Missing MSU Student Recovered

    Body of Missing MSU Student Recovered

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:08:17 GMT

    The body of 19-year-old, Trevor Ball was recovered today at approximately 12:26 p.m. Sergeant Phil Fortner with the Madison County Sheriff's department said Ball's body was recovered near the lower end of Ennis Lake, an area that is quite deeper than the rest of the lake.

    The body of 19-year-old, Trevor Ball was recovered today at approximately 12:26 p.m. Sergeant Phil Fortner with the Madison County Sheriff's department said Ball's body was recovered near the lower end of Ennis Lake, an area that is quite deeper than the rest of the lake.


  • Animals Need Adopting

    Animals Need Adopting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:15:41 GMT
    The Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter asks people who are thinking about adopting a pet to consider getting one through a local shelter.
    The Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter asks people who are thinking about adopting a pet to consider getting one through a local shelter.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:42:05 GMT
    Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much...
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a...
  • PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly pipeline blast

    PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly pipeline blast

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:42:01 GMT
    California regulatory judges have issued a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight...
    California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight...
  • 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:31:54 GMT
    A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.
    Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:15:37 GMT
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
  • Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:11:07 GMT
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
  • Fox Club Shooting Victim Identified

    Fox Club Shooting Victim Identified

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:06:16 GMT

    The Missoula County Sheriff's/ Coroner's Office has identified the victim in the shooting at the Fox Club in Missoula as Christopher Michael Hymel, a 23-year-old Louisiana male.

    The Missoula County Sheriff's/ Coroner's Office has identified the victim in the shooting at the Fox Club in Missoula as Christopher Michael Hymel, a 23-year-old Louisiana male.


  • Big Sky Coach Charged With Rape, Bail Set

    Big Sky Coach Charged With Rape, Bail Set

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:20:53 GMT
    Lone Peak girl's basketball coach Cyle Kokot made his initial appearance in court this morning at the Gallatin County Court house after being charged with two counts of rape.
    Lone Peak girl's basketball coach Cyle Kokot made his initial appearance in court this morning at the Gallatin County Court house after being charged with two counts of rape.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:48 GMT
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
  • Body of Missing MSU Student Recovered

    Body of Missing MSU Student Recovered

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:08:17 GMT

    The body of 19-year-old, Trevor Ball was recovered today at approximately 12:26 p.m. Sergeant Phil Fortner with the Madison County Sheriff's department said Ball's body was recovered near the lower end of Ennis Lake, an area that is quite deeper than the rest of the lake.

    The body of 19-year-old, Trevor Ball was recovered today at approximately 12:26 p.m. Sergeant Phil Fortner with the Madison County Sheriff's department said Ball's body was recovered near the lower end of Ennis Lake, an area that is quite deeper than the rest of the lake.


Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.