Downtown Master Plan

The Missoula Downtown Association and the City of Missoula united to investigate the options of developing a Master Plan for Downtown, a 20-year vision for the heart of our community. Plan elements, study area, and stakeholders were identified. Crandall Arambula, a team of professional planning consultants from Portland, Oregon, was selected to help lead this community through a visioning process that will shape the future of Downtown Missoula and give us a clear understanding of how to accomplish the goals set for our Downtown. The Downtown BID, Missoula Parking Commission, Missoula Redevelopment Agency, MAEDC and the Missoula Downtown Association, along with a significant number of private property and business owners, partnered together to help fund this effort.



The expected increase in population in the Missoula market, our community’s commitment to preserving open space, and potential conflicts between old and new, commercial and residential highlighted the need for a Downtown Master Plan in Missoula.

While the visioning process for the Downtown Master Plan has come to an end, we are now charged with adoption and implementation. The plan was adopted unanimously by the Missoula City Coucil in August 2009. It will take many years for us to fully implement this plan, and we’ll need to review and revise it every 3-5 years to ensure our vision and goals are still cohesive.

We receive compliments all the time about what a vibrant, exciting and engaging downtown Missoula has. However, it’s imperative to stay vigilant about keeping our Downtown strong and beautiful, fascinating and enjoyable. The Master Plan is a large step in the right direction.

With that in mind, we want to thank the 57 businesses, individuals and organizations that contributed financially to the creation of this plan. We also want to thank all of you who participated in the process. This enormous goal of developing a community vision for our Downtown was accomplished with 85 meetings and more than 2,000 individuals who took the time to attend, engage, articulate their thoughts and complete ballots. Thank you for your passion!

Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s website has important resources for current Master Plan Projects:

MRA’s Current Projects

Missoula Downtown Master Plan FINAL

NOTE: if you are having difficulties downloading the complete Downtown Master Plan, the documents below are the plan broken into 5 parts for smaller file size and easier downloading.

Master Plan Cover
Master Plan Executive Summary
Master Plan Land Use
Master Plan Circulation
Master Plan Implementation


Scene 1 (Overall)

For more than a generation, downtown’s Riverfront Triangle has been a focal point for community planning efforts. Local government leaders as well as organizations including the Missoula Downtown Association have seen great potential for a new western gateway to downtown in the area bounded by the Clark Fork River and Orange and Broadway streets. On Wednesday, June 3, developers unveiled their vision for a high-density, mixed-use project that would revitalize the entire Riverfront Triangle area with the largest conference center between Spokane and Billings — plus two new hotels, 50,000 square feet of purpose-built office space, 250 residential units, 35,000 square feet of retail space and a new pedestrian bridge over the Clark Fork River. The plan was backed up by a study co-commissioned by the MDA, which found that the conference center would draw an additional 120,000 – 150,000 visitors to Missoula each year, resulting in approximately $14 million annually in new economic activity from the conference center alone. You can learn more about the future of this exciting project at a new website,




The Old Sawmill District is nothing short of a rebirth for 46 acres along the Clark Fork River, in the heart of Missoula, Montana. Once a booming sawmill complex, this property long known as the “mill site” has sat vacant since the early 1990s—unused and unsightly, but rich with history and potential.It’s time to realize that potential. As The Old Sawmill District, the area will be a lively urban neighborhood where people live, work, shop and play. Plans call for a dynamic combination of single- and multi-family residences and mixed-use commercial office space. Along the river, Missoula will gain a 14-acre city park that extends the beautiful Clark Fork trail system.Thanks to a remarkable collaborative effort by the city, surrounding neighborhoods and our development team, the mill site is about to become a vibrant part of Missoula life once again.Please visit