As Livingston grows the planning documents in place are in need of updating
Sean Batura Enterprise Staff Writer Nov 13, 2023
On Tuesday, members of the Livingston Urban Renewal Agency board will discuss the city’s downtown master plan in development.
On the agenda for the 1:30 p.m. meeting is a discussion on the plan guided by Andy Rutz, principal/founder of Colorado-based Crescendo Planning + Design. The city hired Crescendo to undertake the master planning process.
The plan study area includes Sacajawea and Miles parks and portions of downtown.
The special meeting will be at the Livingston-Park County Public Library, 228 W. Callender St.
The board’s agenda also includes the approval of prior meeting minutes, public comments, and board member comments.
Master plan events
There will be key opportunities for public engagement this week on the plan.
From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday there will be a Community Workshop/Charrette at the Livingston Depot Center, 200 W. Park St. Childcare will be available.
From 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday there will be a Local Business Owner’s Breakfast at Northern Pacific Beanery, 108 W. Park St. Local business owners can RSVP for this event at https://tinyurl.com/yak68c7t.
From 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday there will be a Community Open House at the Shane Center.
The Downtown Master Plan will be the first comprehensive downtown area plan of its kind for Livingston, according to city officials. It will create a guiding vision focused on a holistic approach to promoting high-quality development, economic vitality and activities in the downtown area that encourage responsible growth while preserving the historic charm Livingston is known for, reads the city’s vision statement for the project.
The master planning process is still in the early stages — the analysis and envisioning stage, according to Rutz’s Oct. 24 comments to the URA.
“We’ve been able to speak to quite a few residents in the community, both one on one and in some focus groups,” he told the board.
Livingston Commission Chair Melissa Nootz has said the master plan will help guide what the city’s role should be in stimulating economic development in Livingston.
More information can be found on the master planning website, www.downtownlivingston.org/plann.