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Missoula County Subdivision Regulations Rewrite Project: AGRICULTURE DESIGN STANDARDS & MITIGATION OPTIONS


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AgricultureFrequently Asked Questions
(click on each question to be directed to the responses below)
  1. Why are the Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options in the subdivision regulations and what are they?
  2. Why are we rewriting the AGRICULTURE DESIGN STANDARDS AND MITIGATION OPTIONS?
  3. What are the guiding principles for rewriting the Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options?
  4. When will the Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options be addressed?
  5. How can I stay informed and/or get involved in the Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options?
  6. Where can I learn more about Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options?

Current Agriculture Documents

Subdivision Regulations Agriculture Design Standards & Mitigation Options Time Line - Updated May 2015
2012 The 2012 Agriculture Policy Project was previously initiated to address agriculture policy in Missoula County and the agriculture provisions in the subdivision regulations in particular. That process was temporarily halted in winter of 2013 during the legislative session.
May 27-29, 2014 Open Houses - consider ideas regarding how agriculture is to be defined, how to assess significant impacts, and consider mitigation options.
July 1, 2014 Report results of open houses to Planning Board
     - July 1 Planning Board Agenda
     - July 1 Planning Board Minutes
     - Staff Memo
     - Powerpoint Presentation on Open Houses
     - Agriculture Open House Workstation Preview
July 15, 2014 Planning Board Meeting
     - July 15 Planning Board Agenda
     - Memo
     - Framework
     - Summary of Comments on Framework
August 5, 2014 Planning Board Meeting
     - August 5 Planning Board Agenda
     - August 5 Planning Board Minutes
August 19, 2014 Memo delaying public hearing on regulations
September 10, 2014 Informal Agriculture Work Group Meeting
     - Click here for Summary of Discussions with
        Individual Work Group Participants
     - Click here for Work Group Meeting Agenda
     - Click here for Work Group Meeting Notes
November 18, 2014 Planning Board Subcommittee Presentation
     - Agenda
     - Minutes
     - Presentation
     - Handout
December 2, 2014 CAPS & National Coalition Building Institute Meeting
City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine, Missoula
Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 - noon
     - NCBI Report
June 2, 2015 Agriculture Framework Release    
    
- June 2, 2015 Cover Memo
     -
Regulatory Framework
     -
Financial Structure Framework 
June 11, 2015 Informal Working Group Meeting, City Council Chambers
      - Agenda

      - Meeting Notes
July 21, 2015 Planning Board Meeting - Special Presentation on Draft Regulations
     - Staff Memo with Draft Regulations
September 1, 2015 Planning Board Public Hearing, City Council Chambers 140 W. Pine, Missoula. 7:00 p.m.
     - Staff Memo with Draft Regulations (August 14, 2015)
     - Staff Report (August 25, 2015)
     - Supplemental Map: All Agricultural Soils

For an overview and timeline of the entire Subdivision Regulation REWRITE project, click here.

  1. Why are the Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options in the subdivision regulations and what are they?
    • According to the Montana Constitution, the County Commissioners as an extension of state government have the responsibility and duty to protect, enhance, and develop agriculture.
    • The Montana Subdivision and Platting Act requires that local government address the potential impacts of subdivision development on agriculture and agricultural water user facilities as two of the review criteria for subdivision review.
    • Agriculture design standards and mitigation options are standards that guide subdivision design and mitigation when there is the potential of a subdivision to significantly affect agriculture and agriculture water user facilities. The current subdivision regulations include definitions of agriculture and agriculture water user facilities and general guidance as to how assess the impact of a subdivision on these criteria.

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  1. Why are we rewriting the AGRICULTURE DESIGN STANDARDS AND MITIGATION OPTIONS?
    • The subdivision regulations assessment revealed a need to improve predictability for all involved (including landowners, neighbors, consultants, developers, staff, Planning Board, and Commissioners) in the subdivision review process, instead of the current ad hoc evaluation and case by case negotiation used to decide on the impacts and appropriate mitigation.
    • The assessment noted a need to clarify what constitutes a significant impact on agriculture and identify a consistent set of mitigation standards that are known at the beginning of the subdivision process.

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  1. What are the guiding principles for rewriting the Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options?
    • Provide clearer standards and definitions to address agriculture and agriculture water user facilities, describe what constitutes a significant impact on agriculture and agricultural water user facilities, and identify acceptable options for mitigation of impacts.
    • Develop standards and definitions that are, as much as possible, based on community consensus.

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Contact & Office Location

Questions about the project in general should be directed to Tim Worley, CAPS Senior Planner, at 258-4657.

Mailing Address:
200 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Office Address:
323 W. Alder St.
Missoula, MT 59802

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Email Address: caps@co.missoula.mt.us

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Updated August 27, 2015