Next Public Meetings
Lewis and Clark County is holding two more public meetings to gather input from the public on the best ways to implement County-Initiated Part 2 Zoning in the Helena Valley.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
West Valley Volunteer Fire Department
1165 Forestvale Rd.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Big Sky Fellowship Church
7610 Roughsawn Dr.
The purpose of the meetings will be to provide information to the public about zoning, its benefits, and solicit input on the current proposal.
Citizens were very involved in the 2015 Helena Valley Area Growth Policy, which focused on addressing Five Key Issues:Water, Wastewater, Roads, Fire Protection and Flooding. The Growth Policy created the vision for a new approach to growth management in the Valley; and the proposed zoning is the tool needed to address the growth constraints and respond to them appropriately.
“We had two meetings in December in which we received lots of insightful input from the public,” said Lewis and Clark County Community Development and Planning Director Peter Italiano. “We want to reiterate that we are in the beginning stages of this process and that the public input we receive plays a very important part in what this eventually looks like.”
While there are currently 35 Citizen-Initiated Part 1 zoning districts in Lewis and Clark County, Part 2 County-Initiated zoning would affect the majority of the Helena Valley. Proposed are five different types of zone districts intended to support an agriculture/rural/large lot lifestyle, along with both urban and suburban districts for additional lifestyle options.
“In my six years on the Commission, I have listened to literally hundreds of County residents ask to have their neighborhoods zoned,” said 2020 Lewis and Clark County Commission Chair Susan Good Geise. “They fear the loss of their rural settings or they fear the scarcity of water in the valley. Mostly, they worry about the value of their homes being diminished. Zoning will provide predictability for long-time homeowners, buyers and developers alike.”
Following these meetings, County Planners will present recommendations to the Planning Board, with follow-up meetings to the Board of County Commissioners for approval and implementation in early 2020.
More information can be found at www.lccountymt.gov/cdp.html or by calling 406-447-8374 or emailing planning(at)lccountymt.gov.