City Club Hosts Missoula Planning Director Roger Millar

by jhwygirl

City Club Missoula is going to host Office of Planning & Grants’ Planning Director Roger Millar this coming Monday for a lunchtime discussion on the Urban Fringe Development Area (UFDA) Project.

Everyone is welcome, but reservations are required, and the need to be made by noon on May 15th (this Thursday). There is a lunch or no-lunch option – cost is $11/members, $16 for nonmembers if you do lunch, or $5 for the no-lunch forum only. Email or call 406-546-6643 before noon Thursday, May 15, for reservations.

The event is being held at the Doubletree Edgewater, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Roger Millar and his staff will lead a public discussion to help develop a framework plan that incorporates what the community wants in its Growth Policy. The purpose of the UFDA Project is to look at where Missoula’s growth has been going and where it might go.

Millar’s project is pretty ambitious, and OPG has been at this one for quite a while now – gathering data and meeting with Neighborhood Councils, the County School Board, the Business Improvement District, various service clubs, and Five Valley’s Land Trust. Millar is taking a methodical approach to figuring out how our community wants to handle the growth we all know is coming – how to take us into our future. Actual planning – or at least the beginning throes of it. It’s comforting, frankly, to have a new Planning Director come into town and instead of telling us what we need to do, he comes into town and begins figuring out what makes Missoula tick.

He’s also placing heavy emphasis on mapping and visual tools, giving the GIS staff in OPG quite a workout. All things are very helpful, and provide wonderful tools for analysis once it’s all in the system. Even this skeptic (me) is a fan.

There’s a nice list of the maps available on this page – scroll about 3/4 of the way down. There’s also some other links there too. (Be nice if this project, given the amount of information available, had its own page.)

Laval Means ( and Casey Wilson ( are the main staffers on the project. Shoot them an email if you have any questions.

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