Almost two years after the city of Bozeman adopted its first list of big-picture projects, officials say a lot of boxes have been checked. On Monday, commissioners will decide if that list needs updating.

The Bozeman City Commission adopted its first strategic plan in 2018. When commissioners updated the document last year, they prioritized projects that dealt with affordable housing, outreach, planning, land use and city park maintenance.

“Overall, many of the action items listed in the strategic plan are either complete or underway,” according to city documents going before commissioners Monday.

Since the first version of the strategic plan was adopted, the city hired a spokesperson in an effort to get more information and a consistent message to residents, made a housing manager position as the cost of living continues to rise and finished a housing study to show where the city’s stock falls short.

It’s been a time of planning and documents for Bozeman.

The city has almost finished its housing action plan, a communications plan and a street light study. The audit of the city’s lights is aimed at addressing the concerns of the lights shining into people’s homes, which came after the city identified updating street lights as one of its top budget priorities.

According to the city packet materials, some priorities from last year will remain a focus in 2020.

That includes updating city’s growth policy, asking voters for a Parks & Trails District to pay for more upkeep for the city’s outdoor places and an annexation study that looks at what to do with pockets of county land inside the city.

Commissioners including Mayor Chris Mehl and Deputy Mayor Cyndy Andrus have said in recent commission meetings that a big item they can see making 2020’s list of priorities includes the city’s climate change response.

Though some commissioners have also recently said there’s already a lot on city employees’ to-do lists, which they’ll have to keep in mind when creating a list of projects they’d like to achieve in the next few years.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at or at 582-2628.

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