Building our Future Together - Development Code Update

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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

  • Park Standards

  • 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!


Learn more and provide your feedback here!


As we work to update the UDC, we are soliciting feedback from the public on a variety of topics this project will address. At the link below you can explore these topics and leave your thoughts by completing surveys. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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Click here to explore project topics and provide your feedback

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

  • Park Standards

  • 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!


Learn more and provide your feedback here!


As we work to update the UDC, we are soliciting feedback from the public on a variety of topics this project will address. At the link below you can explore these topics and leave your thoughts by completing surveys. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Todos están disponibles también en español - solo haga clic a continuación.

Click here to explore project topics and provide your feedback

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    Sustainability: Water and Open Space

    by dcsalmo, about 2 months ago

    Allowing cash in lieu of water and cash in lieu of open space/parkland is not sustainable in the face of climate change. Hence, these allowances should be removed from the UDC, and each new development project, regardless of zoning, should be required to provide a combination of onsite water and onsite open space sufficient to completely offset the development's carbon footprint.

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    Sustainability Measures

    by JamieRD, 2 months ago

    On the topic of sustainability, I’d like to see water resources addressed in the UDC codes, given we are rapidly nearing a water crisis in Bozeman. I’d like to see requirements added to the UDC for water catchment systems, grey water use, and landscaping with drought tolerant plants, rain gardens, permeable surfaces, etc. The city has a great incentive program for homeowners, but we need to implement strict water wise requirements from the start with building codes.

    In addition to electric vehicle charging station requirements in new buildings, I would also like to see requirements for rooftop solar built into... Continue reading

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    Comm. Dev. Dept unaware of Interpol leaflets

    by MMK, 3 months ago

    Hi team-

    I just wanted you to know that when I dropped off my filled out Interpol booklets at the Community Development Department today, the reception staff and department assistant were flummoxed. They had not seen or heard of the booklets or the Interpol project, were suspicious of me and the booklets, and seemed reluctant to take them from me. It was an unwelcome reception. If I had been a shy person I might have walked away, but instead, I persisted. Apparently, the mailing address on the booklets should have included an attention to the UDC update staff.

    I think... Continue reading

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    Zoning Districts and Building transition comments

    by MMK, 3 months ago

    Hi -I just finished reviewing the video recording of the city commission's second UDC work session on building transitions and zoning consolidation and would like to add the following comments:

    -There are some areas that are not conducive to the highest residential use allowable (under the Future Land Use Map -FLUM) such as land near restricted roads and wildlife corridors like along Bridger Canyon, for example.

    - Because of the this, I believe there is a disconnect between the FLUM and what's actually happening on the ground. For example, in Urban Neighborhoods all residential zoning from RS to R5 is... Continue reading

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    Housing for aging and for mobility-challenged citizens also needed

    by VC Wald, 3 months ago

    I'm hopeful those involved in development policy will finally recognize that Bozeman badly needs not only "affordable" housing (which of course it does) but hundreds more one-story units of all sizes, types, and cost levels - condos, apartments, single-family units - that are, or can easily be converted to, mobility- and handicap-friendly design for our growing aging population. Removal of barriers such as stairs and shower-pan thresholds, elevators for multi-story buildings, and HOAs that provide community services such as snow removal on the properties and surrounding public streets, allow many more people to age in place successfully and HAPPILY.

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    Design Review Board

    by nlyon, 3 months ago
    Restructure of the design review board to be removed from the purview of the Community Development Board, and be completely administrative.
Page last updated: 27 Jan 2023, 08:27 AM