On Monday night the Bozeman City Commission unanimously voted to rezone a portion of the Medical Arts Center’s parking lot.
The parking lot had previously been split in half, one half being a residential high density zone and the other half being a business district zone.
Soon, the entire parking lot will be a business district zone, which doesn’t mean it will stop being a parking lot.
But it does affect the potential future use of the parking lot if the landowner decides to develop it in the future.
“There are leases on the lot, so it’s going to be a number of years before it’s developed. That’s an important thing to remember. Just because the zoning may change doesn’t mean there will be development,” said Bozeman Deputy Mayor Chris Mehl.
“Most importantly, say four to five years from now there is development, it will have to go through a site plan. So any proposal there will have full public comment.”
Throughout the rezoning discussion, nearby residents shared their concerns with the city about what the potential for residential or business mixed-use development could mean for the neighborhood.