BOZEMAN – A couple of weeks ago, Bozeman’s Planning Board asked the commission to ask for direction updating the city’s growth policy. Now the board is asking for input from the community.
Bozeman’s Growth Policy, also known as the Community Plan, has not been updated since 2009.
"The state legislature calls it a growth policy, we find that is kind of an unusual term, we prefer the community plan. That is how we reference it, it makes more sense for more people including us,” said Senior City Planner Tom Rogers.
Over the last ten years, much has changed in Bozeman.
"We are the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country. What that means, outside of percentages is more than 1,500 people are moving to Bozeman each year. In addition to that we are seeing incredible investment in the community through residential, single household development, multi-family household development and all the commercial that you see throughout the community,” said Rogers.
Now the city is asking the community what they envision Bozeman to look like in the future.
"You know your voice does matter. If you are a community member, we want to hear from you, we want to hear your ideas. We want to understand your issues and we all want this community to be a great place for everybody so the more people that we have contributing to the conversation whether it is stepping up through email, whether it is coming to a commission meeting, whether it is participating in one of these events, with regard to these plans it is really important and I cannot stress that enough,” said Mayor Cyndy Andrus.