Current Projects in City Planning

Missoula Design Excellence

The City of Missoula, in consultation with a team led by Winter & Company, is proposing a new zoning overlay that provides a comprehensive set of design standards and guidelines. Please visit the project webpage for details. The final public hearing on this project is scheduled for Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers at 140 W. Pine Street.

Repeal Title 19 Zoning Enterprise Commercial (/EC) Overlay

The City is initiating a proposal to repeal the Title 19/EC Overlay. This proposed zoning map amendment comes from a desire to create consistency throughout the city in coordinating zoning rules and regulations, and also to accommodate the new set of design standards proposed through the Design Excellence Project.


Prior to 2009, the zoning code at the time (Title 19) required that parcels being proposed for development of larger than 30,000 square feet commercial space (referred to as Enterprise Commercial) must rezone using an Enterprise Commercial Overlay (/EC) and follow specific development standards. In 2009, when the City adopted Title 20 it left district boundaries for the /EC Overlays in place, which means that development within the /EC Overlays are required to comply with older zoning code development standards. See map here. Title 20 established a revised system for considering Enterprise Commercial uses through use of design standards similar to those found in Title 19 and a conditional use process. Under Title 20, property owners are not required to rezone to the /EC overlay for developing Enterprise Commercial uses. The parcels that include the Title 19/EC Overlay also have established base zoning like Commercial (C-districts) or Manufacturing (M-districts). Those base zoning districts will not change with this proposed repeal.

Additionally, for parcels within the proposed Design Excellence Program, the conditional use process for Title 20 Enterprise Commercial use is proposed to be waived and replaced with consideration through the Design Excellence Review system. The Design Excellence Review system requires Development Services staff review of design standards and design guidelines.

In summary, it is our hope that this repeal will result in use of modernized development standards and a process that is consistent with the way that Enterprise Commercial uses are reviewed throughout the rest of the city as well as a streamlined system of review for projects located within the Design Excellence Overlay.

Public Hearings

The final public hearing to consider the repeal of Title 19 /EC Overlay is scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 140 W Pine Street. Public comment can be received up until the hearing date.

The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board recommended approval of the repeal of the /EC Overlay at a public hearing held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. 

More Information

Title 19 /EC Overlay Standards (PDF)

Title 20 /EC Use and Building Specific Standards (20.40.050)

Ben Brewer 


Phone: 406-552-6086

Replacement of SD-2 Zoning District

The Missoula City Council adopted an ordinance that repeals and replaces the City SD-2 zoning district. The SD-2 district is replaced with the B2-2, B3-2, C1-2, and C2-2 districts which will go into effect on January 9, 2019. See City Zoning Maps.

Find more information on uses permitted by City zoning districts B2, B3, C1, and C2.

If you have questions please call the zoning desk at 406-552-6630.

Recently Completed Projects

We also have a list of recently completed projects from the last five years. 

  • Annual Title 20 (Zoning) Update – On June 4, 2018 the Missoula City Council held a public hearing to consider the proposed amendments. After consideration of the staff presentation and report, public comment, and board discussion, the City Council approved an ordinance to amend Title 20 City Zoning: Proposed 2018 City Zoning Update Amendments. Adopted amendments are in effect and can be found on the City's web site under City Laws, Title 20. Please call the Zoning Information desk at 552-6625 with any questions regarding implementation of the new regulations.