Developers of a large Bozeman neighborhood near downtown plan to pave the way for more housing.

The Bozeman Commission Monday approved Delaney and Company’s request to develop lots for nine new homes and set aside one lot for future condominiums in the Village Downtown.

The development on an empty field is separate from the 200 other units the city already approved in the village that began to take shape in the early 2000s.

“This property has been vacant for a long time, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a lot of work that went into making this come to fruition,” Mayor Cyndy Andrus said during the Monday vote.

The Village Investment Group and the John W. Murdoch Revocable Trust own the property, according to city documents.

The development’s nine lots for single-family homes fall below the city’s 10-lot threshold that triggers Bozeman’s affordable housing mandate.

Deputy Mayor Chris Mehl asked city staff if there’s a trend of developers submitting projects that bypass the requirement to build affordable homes.

City Planner Chris Saunders answered no.

Saunders said the village land was subdivided years ago. He said if someone ever builds single homes on the land set aside for condominiums, the city’s mandate that revolves around single homes would go in place.

Developer Mike Delaney said based on the planned house designs, the land only had room for nine homes.

The plan is to sell the lots at market rates, according to city materials.

The subdivision proposes to displace some existing wetlands and will offset that by purchasing credits through a wetland bank in the Madison Valley.

The city also approved the master plan for a 27,460-square-foot park that was once agricultural land.

The park would connect to Village Downtown Boulevard and border lands owned by Village Investment Group Inc., Montana Rail Link and Village Loft condominiums.

Commissioner Jeff Krauss said he wants to make sure village residents understand that will be a public park even though it’s surrounded by private development.

“It’s important to understand that this little park belongs to the people of Bozeman...and not to the people who may think it’s their sidewalk and front yard,” Krauss said.

Other commissioners backed that notion.

Any building that happens on the land like new condos would have to go through the city’s planning department for approval.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at khoughton@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

Katheryn Houghton is the city government and health reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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