The City of Missoula Urban Forestry Division invites residents to comment on proposed changes to City street tree and boulevard ordinances through Tuesday, May 21. Email your comments to City Forester Chris Boza at email@example.com.
The currents regulations are posted here: MMC chapters 12.48 and 12.32
Proposed changes are here: DRAFT UPDATED 12.32 DRAFT UPDATED 12.48
The Urban Forestry Division hosted a public workshop to discuss the proposed ordinance changes on Thursday, May 9. Staff presented proposed changes to Title 12 of the Missoula Municipal Code (MMC.)
City Forester Chris Boza says the current regulations were written decades ago and need to be updated to reflect current trends in City planning and urban forest management. “These ordinances affect everyone, including renters, property owners, developers and home builders. We’re seeking to clarify how boulevards should be maintained, what types of vegetation may be planted and where, and how boulevards can best be developed to create safe, welcoming streets and sidewalks. Most importantly, the proposed regulations will set us on a path to renew and revitalize our aging urban forest,” Boza says. Title 12 of the municipal code governs streets, sidewalks and public places, Chapter 12.32 covers street trees, and Chapter 12.48 regulates boulevards.
The May 9 workshop is the first step in a public process. After gathering public comment at the workshop and via email through May 16, City staff will draft new ordinances and forward them to the City Attorney and City Council for review and consideration. The City Council is required to approve all City ordinances, and will accept public comment throughout the approval process.
Boza says the proposed changes will make boulevard and public tree regulations more understandable and user-friendly. “Most property owners don’t even realize they have a responsibility to maintain adjacent boulevards,” Boza says. “We’re working together with citizens to streamline these regulations and make them clear and consistent across the board.”
For more information, call 721-PARK (7275.)