Bozeman North 7th Urban Renewal Board Just another WordPress site Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:38:55 +0000 en hourly 1 N. 7th Avenue Zone Code Analysis Underway Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:51:25 +0000 abrekke In November, the NSURB selected Clarion Associates, Inc. to evaluate the zoning and design standards for N. 7th Avenue. With the goal of creating an improved zone code, the NSURB hopes to aid in the redevelopment of the corridor.

Cameron Gloss with Clarion Associates, Inc. has been conducting an analysis of the corridor to evaluate opportunities for improving the existing code. One suggestion thus far is to compile N. 7th Avenue development standards into one document. Currently, design standards for N. 7th Avenue are spread over four different City documents making it onerous for someone seeking to redevelop a parcel along N. 7th Avenue.

Mr. Gloss is also analyzing the potential for creating a performance based zone code. The foundation of such a code would include goals outlined in the District plan and priorities established by the NSURB. The hope is to create a code that allows developers to make improvements that advance the District plan and enhance the site at the same time. Many N. 7th Avenue property owners want to improve their properties but find that they have too many substandard conditions to tackle. 

Currently, the NSURB has identified pedestrian facility improvements, street lighting and landscaping as their top priorities. 

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Lighting Project Moving Forward Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:58:43 +0000 abrekke On October 15th, the Bozeman City Commission approved an amendment to the NSURB’s FY2013 budget allowing the board to move forward on the installation of 33 new MSU Bobcat blue light fixtures on N. 7th Avenue between the I-90 bridge and Juniper Street. Bozeman residents may see construction activity begin in mid-November. The project is weather dependent. A winter shut down of the project is anticipated as snow begins to blanket Bozeman. Stay up to date on the project by visiting this website or through the NSURB Facebook page.

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In August 2012, the City Commission authorized the modification of  Lighting District 460 which encompasses N. 7th Avenue from Oak to Main Street. This allowed City staff to move forward on construction plans which includes not only the installation of the new lights but also placing the wiring for the lighting underground. Following the installation of the new lights, those property owners fronting the sections with new lights will see their annual assessment increase from $1.03 per lineal foot of N. 7th Avenue property frontage to $1.25 per foot. The increase is due to an increase in power consumption with the installation of additional lights – N. 7th Avenue is looking forward to brighter nights.

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NSURB Requesting Amendment to their FY2013 Budget Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:22:43 +0000 abrekke Monday, October 15th, the Bozeman City Commission will hear a request from the NSURB to amend their FY2013 budget. The plan to install 33 new fixtures between Juniper Street and the south side of the I-90 interchange is still on track to begin this fall, but the bids came in higher than what the NSURB had budgeted.  The NSURB has proposed moving funds from the N7Rehab Grant program into Lighting and Gateway improvements. The increase in construction and installation costs are being paid with Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funding. If the budget amendment is approved, the City will then be able to award the bid and begin concrete work this fall. Installation of the lights may occur as early as December, weather permitting. N7Rehab grant money is still available.  For more detailed information read FY13 NSURB Budget Amendment Request.


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NSURB seeks Planning Consultant Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:23:57 +0000 abrekke The NSURB is seeking a Planning Consultant to codify the goals and design objectives of the District Plan into a regulatory structure within the City of Bozeman’s Unified Development Code. 

RFP for Professional Planning Services


Bozeman is a small city located in southwest Montana with a population of approximately 40,000. Bozeman has four Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts, one of which encompasses N. 7th Avenue which is largely comprised of automobile oriented, strip commercial development built in the 1960’s and 70’s. The N. 7th Avenue Urban Renewal District was established by the City of Bozeman in 2006 and a District Plan was adopted to remedy conditions of blight to create an active and attractive corridor with a distinct character.

Several strategies were adopted to achieve this goal including, but not limited to:

  • Develop the corridor as a focus for commercial and entertainment activities that serve residents and visitors alike
  • Strengthen the corridor as a neighborhood service center
  • Provide mixed use development
  • Guide new development along the corridor such that it improves the aesthetic experience
  • Coordinate public and private improvements
  • Provide flexible public space along the corridor
  • Increase pedestrian connectivity along the corridor

Scope of services will involve reviewing the adopted plans which guide redevelopment of the corridor and drafting recommending Unified Development Code (UDC) changes to the existing zoning standards for the M-1 and B-2 zoning Districts (including sign code) to create a new zoning district for N. 7th Avenue.   The goal is two-fold:

  1. Simplify the redevelopment process for properties within the N. 7th Avenue district by codifying the goals and design objectives into a consolidated regulatory structure. This includes allowed uses, dimensional standards and site development standards, specifically for access, parking, landscaping, and signs.   An incentive based regulatory structure is preferred for the new zoning district.
  2. Resolve the areas of conflict between the District Plan and the Transportation Plan.  This includes a determination of the minimum standards for public right-of-way improvements required for redevelopment. 

Deadline: September 5th, 2012

Contact: Keri Thorpe, Assistant Planner |  406.582.2260 |

Mail 6 copies to Keri Thorpe, Assistant Planner | N 7th Urban Renewal Board,  PO Box 1230, Bozeman, MT  59771

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Light Fixture Selection Updated Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:31:36 +0000 abrekke  Light Fixture Selection UpdatedAt their July 12th monthly meeting, the NSURB voted to change the light fixture scheduled for installation this fall. They chose to abandon the “hook style” fixture for a more traditional style. The installation of the new fixtures and related sidewalk improvements are being funded by the NSURB.

In related news, the City Commission will consider a resolution of intent (Res. No. 4388) for the modification of the existing Special Improvement Lighting District (SILD) 460. The property owners at the north end of SILD 460 would pay a higher assessment for the new street lights installed in their portion of the lighting district. Currently, property owners in this district pay $1.03 per lineal foot of their property frontage. Those property owners in the modified portion, between Oak Street and Juniper Street, would pay $1.25 per lineal foot if the modification is adopted. Final adoption of the modification is scheduled for City Commission consideration on August 6th, 2012.

The City Commission will consider the chosen color for the light fixtures on July 23rd, 2012.

Please call Keri Thorpe, Assistant Planner, if you have questions: 582-2260.


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NSURB Annual Report now available for review Thu, 24 May 2012 17:59:14 +0000 abrekke NSURB FY12 Annual Report and FY13 Work Plan and Budget Proposal

The NSURB submits a report annually to Bozeman City Commission in conjunction with City’s annual budget process. The report summarizes fiscal activities for fiscal year 2012 and proposes a work plan and budget for fiscal year 2013 beginning July 1, 2012. If you would like to submit comments, contact the NSURB through their Contact Us page or call or email Keri Thorpe, Assistant Planner at (406) 582-2260 |


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Sample Light Fixture Installed Wed, 16 May 2012 16:42:59 +0000 abrekke The sample light fixture has been installed in front of Comfort Inn, just north of Oak Street. Check it out! The NSURB would like to hear your feedback. Go to our “Contact Us” page to send comments.

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Sample Light Fixture to be installed soon! Mon, 07 May 2012 22:35:43 +0000 abrekke The NSURB recently approved the installation of a sample light fixture in the front of Comfort Inn on N. th Avenue, north of the Oak Street intersection. The installation is to take place the week of May 7th. The NSURB has chosen “midnight” blue for the light fixture color. Since blue is not a typical light fixture color, the board decided it was important to evaluate the color prior to ordering all the fixtures. Once the fixture is installed, this message will be updated. Check back for updates or register to receive updates through the RSS News Feed link at the top of this page.

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NSURB featured in Bozeman Daily Chronicle Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:40:28 +0000 abrekke A few men knelt behind caution tape off North Seventh Avenue, smoothing the south end of the concrete sidewalk taking shape in front of the U-Haul store.

The coming winter has shortened the time left to finish the work, but officials believe the roughly $76,000 project will be complete before it gets too cold for the concrete to set.

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KBZK Newscast Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:09:26 +0000 mediaworksmt View video here…

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