Building our Future Together - Development Code Update

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The City Commission has paused their consideration of this project until next year. See the News Feed for an update!

Click here to view the draft code document

Click here to view the proposed zoning map

If you missed the chance to attend an Open House, check out the slides and recording from the virtual Open House on August 28th. The slides from the September 11th Community Development board are available as well.


This project is all about implementing the vision and goals established in our city’s guiding documents such as the 2020 Community Plan (aka Growth Policy), the Climate Plan, and strategic priorities like affordable housing.

These broad visions, goals, and priorities are implemented through the Unified Development Code or “UDC” or “the code.” The UDC sets forth regulations around what kinds of development can occur in which areas through development standards and zoning districts.

The goal for this engagement effort is to consult the community on how to improve usability of the UDC and how the regulations in the UDC can help us accommodate growth while meeting community goals in our Community Plan, Climate Plan and others.

Throughout the project residents, developers, builders, and the community at large will be consulted on specific topics relevant to how different people interact with the code. Specific focus areas will be:

  • Formatting, organization of the UDC

  • Zoning Districts

  • Sustainability

  • Parking

  • Transportation

This project page will be the place to go for updates on how to engage in person, virtually, or on your own time. You can subscribe to email updates specific to this project by clicking “Follow Project” on the right hand side of this page. We're glad you're here!

The City Commission has paused their consideration of this project until next year. See the News Feed for an update!

Click here to view the draft code document

Click here to view the proposed zoning map

If you missed the chance to attend an Open House, check out the slides and recording from the virtual Open House on August 28th. The slides from the September 11th Community Development board are available as well.


This project is all about implementing the vision and goals established in our city’s guiding documents such as the 2020 Community Plan (aka Growth Policy), the Climate Plan, and strategic priorities like affordable housing.

These broad visions, goals, and priorities are implemented through the Unified Development Code or “UDC” or “the code.” The UDC sets forth regulations around what kinds of development can occur in which areas through development standards and zoning districts.

The goal for this engagement effort is to consult the community on how to improve usability of the UDC and how the regulations in the UDC can help us accommodate growth while meeting community goals in our Community Plan, Climate Plan and others.

Throughout the project residents, developers, builders, and the community at large will be consulted on specific topics relevant to how different people interact with the code. Specific focus areas will be:

  • Formatting, organization of the UDC

  • Zoning Districts

  • Sustainability

  • Parking

  • Transportation

This project page will be the place to go for updates on how to engage in person, virtually, or on your own time. You can subscribe to email updates specific to this project by clicking “Follow Project” on the right hand side of this page. We're glad you're here!

  • Code Connect Webinar #1 - Thursday, 10/27 at 6:00pm

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    Our first Code Connect webinar will happen on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00pm. Join to hear the project team provide an update on their progress so far discussing formatting of the updated UDC and changes to zoning districts, and answer any questions you might have.

    Code Connect meetings will take place every other month throughout the course of the project, to inform the community about the project and gather input on proposed approaches.


    Meeting information:

    Topic: Bozeman UDC Update - Code Connect

    Time: Oct 27, 2022 06:00 PM Mountain Time


    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85953798231


    Meeting ID: 859 5379 8231

    Dial in by phone: +1 719-359-4580 US

    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kefGd6iFMq

  • October Engagement Opportunities

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    There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and engage with the project next month both virtually and in-person. More information can be found on this site. Keep an eye out for the following events and engagement opportunities:

    Thurs. October 13th

    Presentation and interactive engagement activity at Inter Neighborhood Council meeting.

    • Time: 4:30-6pm
    • Location: City Commission Meeting Rm @ City Hall - 121 N. Rouse Ave

    Friday October 14th

    Interactive engagement activity - find us out and about!

    • 12-2pm: Main Street & Rouse Ave at Soroptomist Park
    • 3-5pm: Gallatin County Regional Park

    Saturday, October 15th

    Interactive engagement activity - find us out and about!

    • 9-11am: Bozeman MADE Fair at the Brick Breeden Field House at MSU
    • 12-2pm: Langhor Community Garden
    • 3-5pm: Peets Hill/Burke Park Parking lot

    Tuesday, October 18th

    City Commission work session on zoning districts

    Thursday, October 27th

    Code Connect webinar - an hour-long event with plenty of time for Q&A to learn more about the project and hear our progress so far

  • Project Team Community Tour

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    The project team had their first work session recently and got to tour some parts of our city. If you have ideas of other locations to examine as examples of what to do (or what not to do!) leave a comment on this page.

    During the work session, the team also had conversations with stakeholder groups made up of local architects and developers. If you have a group of stakeholders who are interested in meeting with the project team, please reach out directly via email.

  • City Commission Work Session Debrief

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    We had a productive first UDC-focused work session with the City Commission last week! Here's what we discussed:

    • The use of colors and graphics to improve readability of the code
    • Web hosting services to display the UDC online
    • The consultant team’s opinion on the organization and order of the current UDC document
    • The target audience for a revised UDC

    The City Commission provided the following guidance to the project team:

    • Prioritize robust public engagement to accurately interpret policies and ensure the UDC meets community needs
    • Move forward with an illustrated, colorized, consolidated approach as presented in the meeting materials
    • Ensure that changes to the document layout and organization prioritize affordability and ease-of-use


    Visit the City Commission page here to view the meeting recording and minutes (link).

  • City Commission Work Session - Formatting and Organization

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    Our first engagement opportunity is coming up soon! The project team has a work session with City Commission next Tuesday, September 13. Our discussion will focus on formatting and organization of the new UDC document. Please join in person or online at https://www.bozeman.net/departments/city-commission/commission-meeting-video.

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