Plan Approval & North Riverside Parks & Trails Charrette

September 17 – 20, 2019

After the May Community Draft Presentation, the planning team revised the Draft Downtown Master Plan, incorporating the comments received during the ten weeks of community input. The planning team returned to Missoula in September to commence the adoption process of the plan.  The team met with numerous boards, agencies, and the steering and technical advisory committees to present the revised plan for approval.

During the same week, the planning team commenced an additional outreach and planning process for the North Riverside Parks and Trails from California Street to Missoula College.  The week included many technical meetings and a site tour.  On Thursday and Friday, public workshops were held to have a conversation about the parks and trail and to gather feedback on ideas and concepts for the parks. 

Return Trip

May 21 to 23, 2019


The planning team returned to Missoula to present the Public Draft of the Plan in May 2019. During this trip the team also met with numerous stakeholders to review the details and recommendations of the plan and discussed potential revisions and additional items to think about.


  • Missoula Parking Commission Board

  • Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee

  • Business Improvement District & Missoula Redevelopment Agency Boards

  • City Department Heads

  • Arts & Culture

  • Hip Strip Stakeholders

  • Missoula City Council

  • Séliš-Qlispé Culture Committee

  • Business Development

  • Historic Preservation

  • Technical Advisory Committee

  • Steering Committee

  • Mayor John Engen

Community Draft Presentation

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The planning team presented the draft of Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan to the public on May 22nd at the Wilma. Over 300 people attended this presentation, at which the consultant team showed the draft plan and asked for community feedback on the plan’s content.

Street Talk

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Following the community draft presentation, Victor Dover, Founding Principal of Dover Kohl & Partners and coauthor of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, presented Street Talk, a presentation on designing streets for people.


Public Design Charrette

January 14-18, 2019

A team of thirteen consultants spent six days in Missoula to begin building Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan. The week included multiple events with community members to test ideas, develop concepts and get feedback. The week started on Monday, Jan. 14 with two Hands-On Design Sessions, attended by 280 + people at the Doubletree. Participants drew their ideas on maps of downtown Missoula in groups and then presented their group’s work back to the whole audience. From there, the consultant team worked in an Open Design Studio from Tuesday – Thursday at The Public House. Many technical meetings, engagement sessions and tours also took place during the week, including a accessibility-focused tour, and an additional Hands-On Design Session at Sentinel High School.

On Friday, over 150 people gathered at The Wilma for a Work-in-Progress Presentation, at which the consultant team showed the work completed during the week and asked for community feedback on the plan’s big ideas.



Goals Poster Results


Kickoff Meeting

A Community Kickoff Meeting on October 18th at the Wilma introduced the community to the process for this master plan, introduced the community to the consultant team, and allowed for questions and feedback from the audience. Over 160 people attended the kickoff meeting. 

Dover, Kohl & Partners, in collaboration with the Missoula Downtown Partnership, hosted a booth at the Clark Fork River Market on Saturday, October 20th. Over 100 folks stopped by to learn about Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan and communicate their vision for Downtown Missoula.



Site Visit

October 17-20

Eight consultants with the Dover, Kohl & Partners team spent four days in Missoula recently to begin public engagement, conduct initial analysis, and host a Community Kickoff Meeting.

The team met with Mayor John Engen and City Council Members, leadership of the Downtown Missoula Partnership, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, Missoula Parking Commission, as well as met with over a dozen stakeholder group meetings covering topics including:

  • Business Development

  • Historic Preservation

  • Parks & Urban Forestry

  • Parking

  • University of Montana

  • Transportation

  • Housing

  • Arts & Culture

  • Real Estate Development

  • Neighborhoods


City Club Presentation

September 10, 2018