Fort Missoula Hare Cage (PDF) Completed
Photographic Documentation (PDF) Completed
Historic Preservation Demolition Ordinance Amendment Completed
Amendments to update and clarify existing language to Title 20.85.085.J: Criteria and Procedure for Review of Relocation and Demolition of Historic Resources - Historic Demolition/Relocation Permit. The proposed amendments were reviewed during a City Council public hearing on July 23rd, 2018. A motion was made to adopt the amendments into law and was passed unanimously. View the Agency Memo and ordinance (PDF).
Moon Randolph Homestead Documentation Completed
In the summer of 2018, the Moon Randolph Homestead hosted it's first historic preservation intern. Tina McCarthy joined us for five weeks from Western Massachusetts. She braved the wilds of this Missoula summer through hail, downpours and heat, all while living in a wall tent on site. Tina conducted measured drawings of the homestead's iconic (and very detailed) barn. See her work and more information.
/AR Adaptive Reuse Overlay District In Progress
Development Services is currently developing a new Zoning District Overlay for the purpose of aiding in the adaptive reuse of Historically Significant Buildings. Adaptive reuse is defined as the process of reusing an existing building, or portion of a building, for a purpose other than which it was originally built, designed or currently used for, or for the benefit of a substantial rehabilitation. With the recent growth, change and development taking place in Missoula, it has become clear that incentivizing historic preservation and building reuse in Title 20 is necessary and would benefit from the establishment of an /AR Overlay.
The Proposed /AR Ordinance Permits Specific Modifications to the Following Standards:
- Use: Regardless of the underlying zoning, the City Council may approve a mix of use types within an /AR District as a means of accommodating the reuse of any qualified building.
- Density: The /AR District can exceed the maximum density established by the underlying zoning district for the site, so long as the added density is allowable by building code.
- Building Code: Adaptive reuse projects may qualify for alternative building code compliance subject to Section 3409 of the International Building Code. (Building code can be used outside the overlay, this is not a modification specific to the overlay, but is a commentary)
- Fire Code: Projects within an /AR District shall comply with provisions in accordance with NFPA 914, Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures, and shall not be subject to the International Fire Code if the building does not constitute a distinct hazard to life or property, per section 102.6 IFC.
- Expedited Review: Projects within an /AR District shall receive expedited review throughout the City’s plan review process.
- Fees: Administrative fees associated with adoption of an /AR District will be reduced by half.
The Missoula City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 12, 2019 beginning at 7:00 PM, in the Missoula City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine Street, Missoula, MT. For more information contact Emy Scherrer, Historic Preservation Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.