Missoula County Updating It’s Zoning Regulations

A very interesting notice from the Missoula County Zoning Amendments team…

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you may have heard, Missoula County is updating its zoning regulations. While land use policy can be tedious in its details, it’s also an essential tool for developing the kind of community we all want to live in. That’s why we hope you will attend one of the upcoming forums where CAPS’ staff will walk through the proposed changes and answer any questions you may have.

We have two tracks of meetings for audiences with different levels of familiarity with zoning regulations. Each forum will feature a short staff presentation about the changes and a follow up Q&A and discussion, with the Tuesday meetings involving a longer presentation with more detail for professionals who interact regularly with land use regulations, such as architects, surveyors, and engineers.

Here are the details and audiences we hope to reach at each meeting.
All forums are open to anyone who is interested in learning more.

For architects, engineers, and surveyors:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to Noon 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to Noon

For the building industry, developers, and contractors:

  • Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 – 4 p.m.

For Missoula County Community Council members:

  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

For the Open Lands Committee, Planning Board and Board of Adjustment members, and interested community members:

  • Thursday, Jan. 26, 3 – 4 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the Missoula County Courthouse, Room #151 (the County Commissioners’ Public Meeting Room), 200 W. Broadway, and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to jdixon@missoulacounty.us

At each forum, participants will have the opportunity to formally comment on the proposed changes ahead of the public hearing in mid-February at the Planning Board, after which the proposed regulations will go to the Board of County Commissioners (anticipated mid-March).

We encourage you to join in this important discussion and spread the word to any interested colleagues. Your participation will help make the zoning update successful and better understood by the general public and those interested in land use, quality of life, and economic development in Missoula County.

Our apologies in advance if you are receiving this message more than once. We are reaching out far and wide and may have your email contact information duplicated in our address books. Please let us know if you would like to be removed from our mailing list.

Best Regards,
Jennie Dixon, Planner IV, AICP (406-258-4946)
Jamie Erbacher, Planner III, CFM (406-258-4653)
Your County Zoning Amendments Team

Missoula County Community and Planning Services
323 W. Alder
Missoula, MT 59802

Big Plans for Old Five Valley’s Bowling Center


Woodbury Corporation has purchased a property in Urban Renewal District III located at 1515 Dearborn Avenue, which is bounded by Russell and Washburn Streets and Dearborn and Fairview Avenues. The property currently contains the former Five Valley’s Bowling Center / Lucky Strike casino and a former car wash. The casino/bowling alley closed in early 2016. The car wash closed a few years ago.
At its July 21, 2016 meeting the MRA Board approved a request from the developer to proceed without prejudice with building deconstruction and site demolition.

Project Description

The developer is proposing to deconstruct the 30,000 sf bowling center and 2,200 sf carwash and build an approximately 12,000 sf tire store and two 9,500 sf restaurant pads, with an associated 152-space parking lot. The proposed site design also includes curb, sidewalk and landscape improvements in the public right-of-way, including 29 new street trees at the perimeter of the site.

The tire store will be a Les Schwab franchise that will move from its current location on Brooks Street to this site. The developer is proposing to locate the new Les Schwab on the eastern side of the site with the eight service bays facing the interior of the site and the rear façade of the building on Russell Street. A glass-walled show room is located at the north end, at the corner of Russell Street and Dearborn Avenue. This orientation focuses the building activity to the interior of the site and presents a large expanse of unanimated block wall along Russell Street.

To break up the extent of the rear façade along Russell Street, the developer is proposing a series of architectural elements including shallow “columns” and a decorative metal trellis and several panels of decorative screen mesh. A planting bed between the sidewalk and the building will provide some buffering.

The developer is anticipating that the two building sites on the west end of the site will attract restaurant tenants, although tenants have not yet been confirmed. The applicant has included a list of potential tenants that includes Kneaders, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Wild Ginger and Corner Bakery, among others.

Read The Entire Memorandum Here