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Citizens discuss challenges with Missoula's continued growth at City Club Missoula Forum

April 11, 2017View for printing

Planners talk growth at City Club Missoula forum

Unlike other cities in Montana such as Kalispell, Bozeman, Billings and Helena, there are severe geographical constraints that pose a challenge to growth in Missoula.

There are simply many places where it's less than ideal to build more houses or developments. Not only are there steep hillsides and mountains surrounding the city, but there are public recreation lands, ecologically important river riparian zones, floodplains, areas with agriculturally important soils and a big airport exclusion zone.

The question facing city planners then, as the population continues to grow and a dearth of housing options makes living here increasingly unaffordable, is how does Missoula want to grow?


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Video: City Club discusses challenges with Missoula's continued growth

Missoula planners continue to find room for development to accommodate the city's continued growth.

The Missoula City Club hosted their monthly gathering, with this month's topic on "The Enigma of Growth in Missoula" Monday.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Missoula has gained about 5,000 more residents since 2010, bringing the county's total population to over 116,000 residents.

By Don Fisher

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Missoula's inward development key to slowing urban sprawl

As Costco hunts around for a new Missoula location, its final choice could hold implications for growth and development for years to come, with some suggesting that a move to a far-flung location could open the gates to urban sprawl.

Backed by recent statistics and the latest growth plans passed by local governments, presenters with the WGM Group said Monday that local residents must decide what kind of future they want to see, be it a compact city built around essential services, or a sprawling metropolis that gobbles up farms and distant communities.

The question is, is Missoula ready to grow up instead of out?

By Martin Kidston/Missoula Current

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