Growth Policy

Southward creeping development has some Bozeman residents concerned that new development will cut off important wildlife corridors and that the new structures will not fit in with the character of the neighborhood. For example this area, north of Goldenstein Lane and east of South 19th Avenue, that has been zoned for industrial development.

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City commissioners on Tuesday will vote on Bozeman’s growth policy, which will guide how the city will expand and develop for the next two decades.

With Bozeman’s population projected to increase by nearly 27,000 people by 2045, the plan will be the founding principles for zoning, annexation and development decisions. The growth policy was revised with comments from commissioners at previous meetings to include a section addressing a question many residents have on their minds: Should Bozeman continue to grow, or should the city limit growth?

The short answer, according to the revised community plan, is the city could take actions to constrain growth of Bozeman itself by not annexing more property or not expanding the reach of city utilities like water and sewer.

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Nora Shelly can be reached at nshelly@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2607.

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