Billings Clinic is one step closer to building in Bozeman.
The health care provider asked for an amendment to the city’s growth policy for the 54 acres it owns west of Costco, and the Bozeman City Commission voted 5-0 Monday night to change the requirements to build a medical campus and new businesses on the land.
Sarah Rosenberg, an associate planner with the city, told commissioners it was the first of several steps Billings Clinic needs to clear before carrying out its plans. She said city planning staff recommended approving the request because it would encourage a “broad and robust activity level” in the area.
Billings Clinic bought the property in 2016 with plans to open an ambulatory center and provide outpatient services. The campus will be 97,000 square feet and cost about $40 million.
Duncan said the clinic has explored including space on the property for a farmers market, outdoor concerts or children’s activities. He also said the clinic may build affordable housing in the future.
Commissioner Jeff Krauss said he was hesitant to vote for the policy change because no matter what Billings Clinic’s intentions are, it could sell the property. However, Krauss supported the amendment, saying the development would help make Bozeman a destination for medical care.
Mayor Cyndy Andrus said changing the growth policy for the land makes sense as Bozeman expands.
“It’s an area that has high visibility and is near major transportation routes,” Andrus said.