Mayor says commission won’t pursue moratorium of tall buildings in downtown Bozeman

Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor said this week that he doesn’t intend to act on a request by neighborhood preservation activists that the city place a moratorium on major downtown developments.

“I haven’t found any interest in the commission in discussing a moratorium,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I think we’re pretty comfortable with the rules that are in effect.”

Residents involved with the Save Bozeman group, which formed out of concern over developer Andy Holloran’s five-story Black-Olive project on the south side of downtown, have pushed the city’s five elected commissioners to consider a moratorium on similar projects.

They’ve said they’re worried the wave of midrise buildings proposed for the downtown area in recent years will overwhelm the city’s historic Main Street and worsen noise and overflow parking issues in surrounding residential neighborhoods, some designated as historic.