Updated Downtown Improvement Plan heads to commissioners for adoption

BOZEMAN- The official 2019 Downtown Improvement Plan has been released.

The plan has been updated from the first draft that was released in early January.

This plan lays out how the city plans to grow over the next 10 years.

Changes being made include more parking on Main Street and the addition of 400 to 800 new housing units in the downtown area.

Research in the plan shows that based on population growth in Bozeman, about 12,700 new units will be needed by 2045 to support all the people living in the city.

Work began on this project in June of 2018.

The plan also calls for expanding the Grand Avenue Culture Arts Heart and creating secondary connections to the city through the use of the alleyways by bringing in seasonal flowers and benches. The alleys would eventually also offer small retail storefronts and offices.

UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION 2-18-19

The plan similar to the original master plan proposed features consciousness for historical architecture in the downtown area.

“The historic preservation guidelines require the building historic significance to be taken into consideration before for any significant modifications or certainly before any demolition would be allowed.” Chris Naumann said.

This would protect historical architecture in the downtown area of preserving it for years to come.

The plan also hits the topic of parking hard, outline a strategy to implement more parking in the downtown area.

The first step would be unlocking existing spaces, this would involve working with the city to adjust code to allow more parking spaces and places currently not allocated for spots.

Next steps include providing ways to store alternative transportation, such as more bike storage reducing the number of cars coming into downtown.

Followed by expanding parking, a second parking structure is being considered.

The overall goal of the plan is to help the city maintain its unique charm while facilitating a fast-growing population.

The plans pillars include welcoming everyone, maintaining its closeness to nature, and continuing to be an accessible city by way of walker's and bike riders.

The Improvement Plan now heads to the commissioners for adoption.

The Downtown Plan adoption schedule includes the following public meetings:

Downtown Urban Renewal District Board Meeting

12:00pm Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Commission Room, City Hall, 121 North Rouse Avenue

Downtown Business Improvement District Board Meeting

12:00pm Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Commission Room, City Hall, 121 North Rouse Avenue

City of Bozeman Planning Board Meeting

7:00pm Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Commission Room, City Hall, 121 North Rouse Avenue

City Commission Meeting

6:00pm Tuesday, April 15, 2019

Commission Room, City Hall, 121 North Rouse Avenue

You can read the whole plan here.

You can rad more about housing in the plan here.

Reporter, Wake Up Montana

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