It won’t fit on a bumper sticker, but the current effort to reform the Missoula code from top to bottom is the single largest opportunity we have to improve the lives of Missoulians. Code reform can improve outcomes, reduce unnecessary regulatory barriers that frustrate our staff and anger our residents, and create an inclusive environment that gives all residents the opportunity to build a business, own a home, start a club, organize an event, or even recreate in one of our wonderful open spaces. Code reform also gives us the opportunity to live our values by eliminating systemic barriers that create and foster implicit bias in outcomes. Missoula has taken the lead on many of these issues, but we have an opportunity to tie them all together during code reform to enhance and promote the efficacy of these policies.
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