All about the proposed R-A district

We’ve been fielding lots of questions about what the draft development code and proposed zoning map might mean for Bozeman neighborhoods. The R-A district is the proposed district that may replace what is currently zoned R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-S.

The R-A district would allow up to 8 dwelling units in a single building subject to several limiting standards. That has been concerning for many, and we’ve been balancing that concern with what we’ve been hearing about the need to provide more housing options for Bozeman residents.

We understand that taller and larger buildings are alarming to some. Our city has changed over the last ten years of rapid growth. We recognize that it's important to think about our neighborhood character and reduce impacts on surrounding neighbors as best we can. That’s why we’ve included several of the requirements that maintain space for yards and open space, limit height, and provide parking for these additional units. Here are some specific requirements in the proposed R-A district:

  • Yards: all the buildings (including garages) may only take up 40% of the total lot area (Building coverage standard)
  • Open Space: not less than 100 sq. ft. of open space must be provided for each home (Amenity space standard)
  • Height: 3 stories are allowed (as it already is today), and the roof must begin to taper at 25’ (Wall plate height for established neighborhoods)
  • Parking: is required for each home, allowed with restrictions within any of the required setbacks (Parking location standards)

Find all the details on the proposed R-A district in the draft code and view where this district would exist as compared to existing districts on the proposed zoning map.

You can provide your comments all the way through the public review process by writing to, or attending any of the upcoming Community Development Board meetings and City Commission meetings in person or online! See the Key Dates section for upcoming meetings.

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