The public is invited to attend community listening sessions hosted by Our Missoula, a community project that will create a plan for potential growth and development in the Missoula urban area. Missoula Planning Manager Laval Means explained what Our Missoula is looking for:

"We're inviting people from the community to come to different listening sessions to have a chance to hear from them about what they think we're doing well in the community and what some of the challenges are going to be on a community plan here," Means said.

Means said these sessions are an opportunity for community members to share ideas on the types of challenges that the community faces and possible solutions from the neighborhood perspective.

"Share things from both their perspective of being in the neighborhood, or being from the community as a whole in terms of what they think we're going to need to be addressing in the future, like emerging issues, or things that they think we need to be addressing now," Means said. "When we talk about community planning or community issues, it could be ranging from transportation to parks and open space."

Four listening session times and locations are planned to focus on “Neighborhoods” beginning this week. The first listening session for the city is today at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference room at the Missoula Public Library on Wednesday. The next is scheduled for Thursday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Village Conference Room on 3000 S. Higgins in Missoula.

For more information, visit the Our Missoula website.