Community Involvement Downtown Master Plan

Get Involved

One of the most successful components of the Downtown Missoula Master Plan is community engagement and support. There are many ways you can engage in the process. Fill out the survey, attend the charrettes Jan.14-17 and come to the Wilma on Jan. 18 to learn about the progress made by the community hand-in-hand with Dover, Kohl and Partners.  We look forward to working with everyone on this exciting community project.

How to Participate 

The Downtown Missoula Partnership (DMP) kicked off the Master Plan Visioning process Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at the Wilma Theater (131 S. Higgins). Nearly 200 people attended the first of many occasions to offer input during the year-long planning process that will redefine the future of Downtown Missoula. The next big opportunity to participate in the planning process is during the 5-day charettte consisting of “Hands-on Design” sessions, an “Open Design Studio” and “Work-In-Progress” presentation. The events will take place January 14-18, 2019.

What is a Charrette? A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan. Participating in the Charrette will give you a chance to express your vision for the future of Downtown Missoula. Your participation will make the difference between a good plan and a great one.

What is Hands-On-Design Sessions? The session will begin with a short presentation to explain the challenge, process and design exercises. Then participants will gather around tables to draw out how they want Downtown Missoula to evolve in the future to address transportation, parking, land use, housing, retail, parks and green space, and historic preservation..

What is the Open Design Studio? The Dover Kohl team will set up an on-site, Open Design Studio January 15-18. The team will analyze the information gathered at the Hands-on Design session and stakeholder interviews to create initial concepts for the master plan. The public can stop by during the day to review the plans and to offer additional feedback.