Renowned Planning Specialist in Town Tonight for Discussion

by jhwgirl

A coalition of neighborhoods, along with a grant by the Office of Neighborhoods coalition of neighborhoods, along with a grant by the Office of Neighborhoods is helping fund a visit by Eben Fodor, author of Better, Not Bigger: How To Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community tonight in the community room at the Missoula Children’s Theater. This is a review of his book.

The talk begins at 7 p.m.

Fodor will be discussing urban growth and community planning, in a discussion designed to help facilitate discussion with the city’s transportation and growth study, Envision Missoula, the Urban Fringe Development Area project (UFDA) (blogged about here), the Downtown Master Plan, and the two-year rewrite of zoning and subdivision regulations.

Here’s another of a dozen or more opportunities to participate in a discussion, to hear an expert, and to help inform yourself on planning issues from an expert who sees the kinds of things that we face here in Missoula in places all over the U.S. – a guy who might be able to provide us with some insight as to what has been successful in other places, and what things may have not been so successful.

It always amazes me how Missoulian’s seem to reinvent the wheel – and I’m not saying that we should be a version of some other fabulous place (like Seattle or Portland or Tacoma or Bozeman) – but it sure is smart, if you ask me, to inform yourself on how it is done in other places. Doesn’t it?

  1. Darn, I have plans tonight. I don’t know how you manage to find out about all of these things!

    I have to admit that a quick look at Better, not Bigger leaves me with a few doubts. It sounds like he is really opposing growth altogether, rather than working to channel growth in more sustainable ways. That makes me nervous. Plugging up the drain doesn’t do anything to stop the flow of water. It just spills over to somewhere else, some other area that lacks the political clout to stop their own drain. And soon only the super-rich could afford to live in a no-growth area, anyway.

    I think people are afraid of growth because of the form that growth has taken in the last few decades: subdivisions, strip malls, etc. That could be changed.

    But I would love to get his rebuttal to my reaction. I’m sure he’s heard it a hundred times.

  2. All of this stuff could be better advertised, Daniel…I’ve put out there that some consolidated calendar would be great. Ravalli County does it, and I love it. Very useful. They also have a regular email, and then they even divide it up to subcommittee-like emails – so if you are only interested in streamside setbacks, for instance, you can get just that email.

    Powell County has a yahoo group – and they send out their legal notices that way…which functions better, I think, than the newspapers – not that putting it in the newspapers shouldn’t be done. I’d like to see all legal notices posted on both the city and county websites, respectively – RFPs, hearings, subdivisions, neighbor notices…now that would be open government.

    I didn’t get to go….work kept me too long today – but hopefully someone can give us a report.

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